Lady Buffs pummel Bluefield

By Ivan Sanders
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   The Lady Buffs' game Saturday was reminiscent of the old movie classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Lady Buffs transformed from an ordinary team into one that terrorized Bluefield in the second half.
   Milligan's Lady Buffs defeated the visiting Bluefield Lady Rams 67-42 on Saturday at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, thanks to a huge offensive surge in the second half.
   Milligan trailed much of the first half before former Hampton sharp-shooter Ginny White unholstered her gun and began firing.
   White hit the bulls-eye on back-to-back treys to turn a 21-19 lead for Bluefield with 1:36 remaining in the first half into a 25-23 Milligan advantage at the break.
   "It really helped my confidence after I hit that first one," said White. "I think it really pumped the team up a lot going into the second half."
   The performance of the Lady Buffs early in the contest was not indicative of a Rich Aubrey coached team.
   "I wasn't so much disappointed in the score in the first half," stated Aubrey. "I was more disappointed in our focus early in the game and I don't know if it was because of it being a 2 PM game or coming off the loss."
   The Lady Buffs seemed to feed off the closing minute of the first half as they took the court to begin the second 20:00 of action.
   In a matter of 3:08 the Lady Buffs turned the minuscule two-point lead into a 37-23 advantage at the 16:52 mark of the stanza. During the run, White nailed another three and Amanda Hammons stroked two treys of her own.
   Another former local prep star, Lacy York of Happy Valley, stepped up her play to score seven points, but more importantly yanked down 13 rebounds.
   "I was really glad we got the win," stated York after the game. " We kind of struggled early on, but the team came back and played great in the second half."
   Said Aubrey: "Lacy is another reason we feel good about our rotation. She is improving very quickly. We love to see her score, but we look to her board work even more."
   Milligan began to pull away from the Lady Rams as they eventually increased their lead to 53-34 with 8:42 remaining.
   The Lady Buffs began to look inside to Joy Clark after the long-range shooting softened up the Lady Rams zone. Clark responded by finishing with 10 points in the contest.
   "This is Joy's second double-digit game of the week," stated Aubrey. "She is doing everything we ask of her and is really giving us quality minutes."
   Coach Aubrey unloaded his bench down the stretch, which resulted in 10 players getting into the scoring column.
   Coach Cheryl Fielitz of Bluefield was visible disappointed with her teams performance on the day.
   "They really hit the boards well against us and we couldn't take care of the basketball," stated Fielitz. " Their press in the second half really wrecked havoc and you can't turn the ball over 29 times and expect to win."
   The Lady Buffs improved to 9-15 overall and 6-8 in the conference. They will entertain Montreat College Tuesday night at 5:30 PM in Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.