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Lady Bisons crash glass, thunder past FCS
Dec 14, 2006 12:00 am
With Station Camp repeatedly crashing the offensive glass, the Lady Bisons thundered away from host Friendship Christian 54-40 Tuesday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
The Lady Bisons outrebounded Friendship 36-24, including 14-4 on the offensive end, as they improved to 5-3.
"When we give up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, it's not good," Friendship coach Deanna Teeter said after her Lady Commanders fell to 1-2. "One of the goals on the board before we came out was we had to keep them off the offensive boards and we did not take care of that.
"That's a problem that we will work on this week."
Guard Ellen Unger stayed on the floor all night and tossed in 25 points, including four three-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws for Station Camp.
"She did a great job," Teeter said of Unger. "She's a great player. We had a hard time getting a hand in her face and even when we did, she still scored."
Station Camp led most of the way, but Friendship hung with the Lady Bisons during the first half. The Lady Commanders climbed out of a 13-5 hole to catch and pass Station Camp 18-16 on back-to-back baskets by Carly Warmath, who led the hosts with 15 points.
Center Katy Vaughan, who added 11, scored on a one-hander at the halftime buzzer to lift the Lady Commanders to a 22-21 lead.
But Kayla Buchanan threw in three free throws early in the second half and Unger sank a three-pointer to put Station Camp back in control as the Lady Bisons led by 10, 35-25, late in the third quarter.
Unger tossed in 10 fourth-period points and three 3-pointers for the second half to keep the Lady Commanders at bay.
Lindsey Farmer scored six points for Friendship while Jesse Couch and Sara Hay each threw in three and Gabbie Lowe two.
With Lauren Douglass hospitalized with an illness, Friendship had just nine players to dress out.
"Some of the girls were running out of gas which we've also been working on," Teeter said. "But we're continuing to get better. We did some better things tonight than we did against Clay County (Friday)."
Friendship will compete in the Watertown Chamber of Commerce Christmas Classic on Friday. The Lady Commanders will face University School of Nashville at 4 p.m.
Lady Bears reach holidays with 3-0 9-AAA mark
MT. JULIET — Coaches sometimes break basketball seasons down into segments.
Mt. Juliet completed a successful portion Tuesday night with an 84-42 runaway win over LaVergne at Tommy Martin Gym.
In addition to going to 8-1 for the season, the Lady Bears reached 3-0 in District 9-AAA going into the holidays. Mt. Juliet won't return to league play until after the new year.
"It was one of our goals to get the three before Christmas," said Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer, whose Lady Bears will face Lebanon in the Blue Devil Classic at 7 p.m. Friday at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Mt. Juliet raced to a 23-10 first-period lead and were up 49-17 by halftime.
K.C. VanAtta fired in five three-pointers on her way to 25 points for Mt. Juliet while Taylor Hall threw in three triples en route to 19. Center Heather Miller finished with 15 while fellow post Jordan Nixon added 11 as they and VanAtta fill the void left by Trevecca freshman Paige McFarlin.
"They're continuing to get better, especially Miller," Fryer said. "She is growing as a post presence. The girls have stepped up.
"They're not where they need to be, to be sure. But I feel they'll be better by the end of the season."
Miaca Bowman finished with five points for Mt. Juliet while Becca Sharpe fired in three and Chelsea Brown, Katie Bryan and Macie Gleaves tossed in two each.
Freshman LaQuinta Jefferson and Bretoria King tossed in 10 points apiece for LaVergne.
Portland pulls away from Lady Saints
PORTLAND — Portland opened a one-point first-quarter lead and ran away from Mt. Juliet Christian 56-18 Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers widened a 5-4 edge to a 24-10 halftime advantage as the Lady Saints slipped to 3-6. Portland was up 42-13 through three periods.
Paige Hudson and Christine Humes each finished with five points for Mt. Juliet Christian while Ashley Hudson had four and Anna Haley and Holly Morgan tossed in two apiece.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Curry-Ingram on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.