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Lady T-Birds spoil home opener for Union

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Eastern Greene's Sierra New (22) tries to go past Union's Autumn Secrest Tuesday night at Dugger. Eastern Greene won the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference girls basketball game by a score of 33-28. It was the first SWIAC contest for both teams. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
DUGGER -- Eastern Greene took advantage of a short Union bench and a 13-0 run midway through the contest to notch a 44-28 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win here Tuesday night.

The game saw the Lady Bulldog sprint to leads of 7-0 and 10-2 before the Lady Thunderbirds finally got things going in their direction, after that it was just a matter of time before they caught the Lady Bulldogs and snatched up their first victory of the year.

"Blocking out and rebounding that's what it was," Eastern Greene (1-1, 1-0) coach Zack Stevens said. "That was all rebounding. They had seven or eight shots off second chances and anytime that happens we're in for some trouble."

Eastern Greene's Brittany Martin (left) and Union's Kolbi Reynolds battle for possession of the basketball during a high school girls conference game at Dugger Tuesday night. The Lady Thunderbirds evened its record at 1-1 after a 33-28 victory. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
The Lady Bulldogs held a 40-32 edge on the glass, with exactly half of them coming in the first half.

Eastern Greene managed to swing the rebounding edge back in their favor in the second half, only slightly at 18-16.

"We're going to be outsized all year, so we've got to block out and rebound," Stevens said. "They did a great job in the second half."

The EGHS defense managed to toss a shutout in the third quarter as a part of a 13-0 run that reversed the scoreboard from a 20-16 Union first half lead to a 25-20 EGHS advantage heading into the final stanza.

"We've got a group here that's committed to defense and you saw that here tonight," Stevens said. "We're not going to score 75 or 80 points a game, so we've got to play lock it down defense.

"We took them out of what they wanted to do, we put the pressure on and we did what we had to do, what we knew we had to do when we came here tonight."

Union's last basket of the first half came when Autumn Secrest's putback layup made it 20-12. From there the Lady Thunderbirds slowly began to climb toward the lead.

During the span that finally ended when Hallie Smith sunk a pair of free throws at the 7:53 mark of the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs offense fell into silent mode.

"You take what you get, you play as well as you can for as long as you can," Union (0-3, 0-1) coach Benji Boyd said. "If that's all you got, that's all you've got."

They turned the ball over nine times and missed 12 consecutive shots from the field as well as three opportunities at the charity stripe.

"We were exhausted, we were done in the middle of the second quarter," Boyd said. "I know we were ahead by four points at halftime, but I could tell by the looks on the girls' faces they had nothing left."

Boyd attributed the shortfall on the scoreboard to both the Eastern Greene defensive effort and a short bench.

"It's a combination of no depth and pressure," Boyd said. "We hadn't seen that kind of pressure -- all we saw was zones against us with no pressure on us and there we see pressure.

"It takes its toll because there's no where to relax, no where to relax. And that was the end of it."

Stevens was quick to credit several players for adding to the woes of the Lady Bulldogs on the night.

"Brittany Martin actually shot the ball like she should," Stevens said. "I know Kelsey Fleener, the freshman, was very strong tonight, she was a presence."

Martin closed out the contest with three points and a team-high eight rebounds while Fleener finished with four points.

"Hannah Resler handled the ball for us great," the coach said. "I was very proud of her taking charge and making sure our offense was ran."

Resler finished the game with six points.

Stevens also credited his corps of seniors for their efforts in both leadership and defense.

"The seniors always lead, they lead with the defense and set the tone defensively. They're not afraid to grab one of their teammates and say hey lock it down on defense, and that's what senior leaders are for."

Hannah Sullivan led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with nine points while Autumn Secrest just missed a double-double.

The junior finished the night with eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds while Kolbi Reynolds added a dozen boards to her five points.

Hallie Smith finished the night with six points.

There was no junior varsity game.

Union returns to action Thursday when they travel to Eminence for a varsity-only contest while the Lady Thunderbirds travel to Trinity Lutheran for a 7 p.m. varsity-only contest on Friday.

EASTERN GREENE (33) -- Brittany Martin 1-5 0-0 3, Sierra New 3-12 1-2 8, Hannah Resler 3-13 0-0 6, Brooke Butler 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Dubois 1-6 2-2 4, Amanda Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Kelsey Fleener 2-5 0-0 4, Libby Tarr 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Todd 2-5 0-0 4, Katie Morguson 0-0 0-0 0, Kym Arthur 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 14-52 3-4 33.

UNION (28) -- Autumn Secrest 4-17 0-0 8, Kolbi Reynolds 2-8 1-3 5, Hallie Smith 1-7 4-8 6, Cali Hale 0-5 0-0 0, Hannah Sullivan 4-10 0-1 9, Hannah Rennick 0-0 0-0 0, Keeley Brendan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-47 5-12 28.

Eastern Greene 7 9 9 8 -- 33

Union 14 6 0 8 -- 28

3-point shooting -- Eastern Greene 2-18 (Martin 1-4, New 1-6, B. Butler 0-1, Resler 0-4), Union 1-6 (Sullivan 1-3, Smith 0-2, Hale 0-1). Rebounds -- Eastern Greene 32 (Martin 8), Union 40 (Secrest 16). Steals -- Eastern Greene 11 (Todd 3), Union 8 (Smith 3, Hale 3). Blocks -- Eastern Greene none, Union 1 (Reynolds). Turnovers -- Eastern Greene 9, Union 17. Fouls -- Eastern Greene 13, Union 8. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. No junior varsity.

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