TAD ladies prevail

Photo by Kristen Luther
Number 40 and 30

  The TA Dugger girls were looking for their first conference win on the season Monday, and after a quick start they had little trouble accomplishing their goal.
  The Jr. Lady Cyclones defeated Sevier in a 39-23 final, as they grabbed the lead from the beginning and finished the night off by turning up the defense pursuit.
  The first three minutes of action resulted in the Cyclones taking a 6-0 lead after capturing several turnovers with their full-court press.
  "We pressure the ball well and made them turn the ball over a lot, but we couldn't get the shots to fall at first, for we missed several of easy ones," said Lady Cyclone coach Angie Barker. "Our pressure was good and our ball handling was better even though it's still not secure, but we are improving."
  A base-line jumper from Taylor Bollessa and free-throw by Mariah Pietrowski give TA Dugger the early advantage.
  Pietrowski led the Cyclones in scoring with ten points and also in rebounds along with Lauren Taylor who both grabbed eight total.
  The Warriors trimmed the lead down to two, when Alex Clark sank two free-throws with 2:13 left in the first period.
  TA Dugger boosted its lead back to six after Arin Anderson connected on a basket down low with :18 seconds left.
  The Cyclones held a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter with their relentless press, but Sevier did a better job in the second period by breaking past the defense.
  A steal from Madison Barnett pushed the Cyclones to a nine-point margin with just over a minute to go in the half.
  "When we stole the ball we made some fast breaks which we are capable of but have not been doing yet," said Barker. "The ball was moved well and we passed it well, along with taking some smart shots instead of just throwing it up."
  A lay-up from Jessica Coates and free-throw by Chelsea Strickland shrunk the deficit for Sevier back to six at the break.
  "I think we started out the first-half and played hard, but then in the second-half our defense was lacking and I think we got tired and didn't play as hard as we should have," said Lady Warriors coach Julie Potts.
  "We had a hard time shooting the ball in the second-half and putting inside the basket, for that's what basketball is all about."
  The Cyclones turned it up a notch during the third period, as they outscored the Warriors 11-2 to take a 31-16 lead by the end of the quarter.
  A couple of quick buckets came from Pietrowski in the first few minutes with Kelly Aubrey finding her inside the paint who led the Cyclones in assist with three.
  TA Dugger first five seemed to have the game at hand and when it came time for the second group to show their stuff, they didn't miss a beat.
  A shot by Jasmine Jefferson off an in-bounds pass from Kadey Robinson ended the third period.
  The Cyclones came out to score the first couple of field goals in the final period with Tara Kauffield making a drive inside the paint.
  With their first season victory on the year at hand, the Cyclones moved to 3-2 overall.
  "We controlled the rebounds on both ends of the floor especially in the second-half, even though we got a little lazy during the second quarter," said Barker. "The second-half we stepped up and got the opportunity to play a lot of seventh graders who did just as good as anyone else out there."
  Girls Jr. Varsity
  Sevier- 24
  TA Dugger- 34
  The Lady Cyclones Jr. High seventh grade team found themselves trailing after completing the first two quarters, but a more intense second half enable them to pull away in a 34-24 final over Sevier.
  TA Dugger was faced with a 17-15 deficit by half-time, but the defense finally took it's toll in crumbling the Warriors offense who scored just seven points during the entire second-half.
  "They're working hard and learning how too play good defense every time out on the floor," said Lady Cyclones Jr. Varsity coach Pam Norris.
  Kadey Robinson led the way with 12 points and eleven rebounds for the Cyclones, while teammates Kamra Fritz finished with eight points and Jasmine Jefferson poured in seven along with ten boards.
  Lauren McInturff was the high scorer for Sevier who finished with nine points on the evening.
  "We have several girls on the JV team who show a lot of heart and do everything you ask of them," said Norris. "They're learning things in practice and when they learn it there then it comes out in a game."