Lady Junior Cyclones throttle Vance Vikings

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The T.A. Dugger Junior Lady Cyclones blew away their competition in all phases of both contests Monday evening, as they swept Vance Middle to maintain perfect records in both eighth grade and seventh grade girls play.
   8th Grade Girls
   T.A. Dugger 40
   Vance 13
   T.A. Dugger took control of the eighth-grade contest from the beginning, and never looked back.
   Holding the Lady Vikings to an 11-0 deficit after the first quarter, the Lady Cyclones fought through a lot of missed buckets to handily defeat Vance 40-13.
   "They came out quick and we had a little trouble getting the ball to fall," said T.A. Dugger coach Angie Barker. "But we had a lot of fast breaks, quick outlets, and good defense."
   Casey Crockett and Brianne Gouge jumped out to an impressive start for the orange and white, which also had big buckets from Victoria Hopson and Marti Bush during the opening period.
   Vance struggled consistently from the charity stripe throughout the contest, especially in the first period, when it was their only shot at putting points on the board.
   Courtney Towle and Michaela Pietrowski were the only two Lady Cyclones to score in the second quarter, as the Lady Vikings upped their defensive presence.
   Tara Tranum and Ashton Kaylor kept Vance alive and put a lot of pressure on the Lady Cyclones, trailing 15-6 after two.
   However, after a locker room pep talk from Coach Barker, T.A. Dugger exploded offensively behind Tia Nave and gang.
   Towle and Brittany Smith upped their offensive presence in the half, with several assists and buckets to add to their team's cause. The hard work paid off in the end with the sweeping home victory to stay undefeated at 8-0 this season.
   "Everybody played and got around the same minutes," Barker said, "On the fast break, we're one of the quickest teams I've seen. We've just gotta make our shots."
   7th Grade Girls
   T.A. Dugger 32
   Vance 19
   It was a battle early in the seventh-grade contest.
   Vance took a quick lead to open the game behind Brittney Salyer and Nikita Jones. But some sharp plays from Kyla Jones and Kelly Culler set the Lady Cyclones up for a dominant display.
   Hannah Fritz and Janey Robinson became the Lady Vikings' worse nightmares in the second quarter, guiding T.A. Dugger to a 10-0 shutout during that period, eventually leading to a 32-19 win Monday evening.
   "We hustled," Barker said. "We didn't shoot the ball as well as we would've liked. A lot our rebounding wasn't there either. Both teams were tough on the breaks."
   Kyla Jones battled hard against Vance's Nikita Jones throughout the second half, eventually gaining the upper hand with her game-leading 11 points.
   Leah Henson and Jasmine Treadway also provided solid outings for the Lady Cyclones, who continued in their unbeaten ways with an 8-0 mark.