T.A. Dugger sweeps past Church Hill

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR Correspondent

   The Lady Cyclones Jr. High eighth grade team blasted the Church Hill Panthers by an overwhelming score of 64-14 at T. A. Dugger gymnasium on Monday.
   "We shot and rebounded really well tonight, which are the two aspects you hope you can do every game," said T. A. Dugger coach Doug Hilton.
   The Panthers were able to grab a quick lead of 2-0, when Kayla Rogers banked an eight foot shot off the glass.
   It was all Cyclones after that, as they went on a 12-0 run led by Eden Treadway, who scored ten of their first twelve points. Treadway finished with twenty on the night.
   An inside presence was felt from Takisha Avery, as she had three blocks in the first period, making it virtually impossible for Church Hill to score in the paint.
   With a ferocious press the Cyclones had built themselves a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
   "We wanted to come out and make a statement early with pressure on their ball handlers, and the girls really played hard to make them go the length of the floor," said Hilton.
   The second period was not much different, with the boards being controlled by T. A. Dugger, and the fast break in transition.
   Two buckets coming from Grace Bacon helped boost the Cyclones to a twenty point lead right before half-time, as T. A. Dugger enjoyed a 27-9 margin at the half.
   The game did not improve for Church Hill in the third quarter, as Treadway continued to pound the glass and pour in points to help stretch the lead to thirty.
   "I've got some big girls inside, and we didn't get Takisha enough shots tonight although she converted when we did, but Eden played fantastic," said Hilton.
   The fourth period was a unanimous decision for T. A. Dugger, with them delivering a knock-out and outscoring the Panthers 20-0.
   It was a total team effort with eleven different scorers, and tremendous play of defense.
   Sometimes it is necessary to call off the dogs, when there's no resistance from your opposition, as this was the case in the Jr. High Lady Cyclones seventh grade game with a rout of 61-8 over Church Hill.
   "The girls really got after them tonight to force key turnovers, which produced some easy baskets," said T. A. Dugger coach Doug Fritz.
   The defensive press was simply relentless by the Cyclones in building a 15-0 lead, before the Panthers could get on the board off a free-throw from Tabitha Hicks.
   The first three shots came from Courtney Towle, as she ended the night with the game high twenty points.
   Due to the steals and hustle from the Cyclones, shots came few and far between for Church Hill with only two points coming off free-throws in the first quarter.
   The second period was the same story with T. A. Dugger playing simply to perfection.
   The Cyclones already had ten different scorers before half with the last one coming from Mikeal Oliver to put them ahead 43-4 at the end of two quarters of play.
   With the Panthers rarely making it across half court in the first two periods, the Cyclones decided to slow the pace and go back into the zone.
   "There was no need in keeping up the intensive pressure, but the kids were still going at it and playing hard," said Fritz.
   This didn't help the Panthers offense, but they were able to get their first field goal of the night, when Hicks hit a shot from inside the top of the key with just 52 seconds left in the third.
   Victoria Hopson showed her long range capability, as she produced the only three-pointer in the game.
   The Cyclones were held to six points in the fourth period, but it didn't make much difference for the had already built up a fifty plus lead by the end of regulation.
   "I just hope we can play with the same kind of intensity and execution, when we face Vance later this week," said Fritz.