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Mitchell stings Lady T-Birds

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Amy Todd (20) of Eastern Greene battles with Mitchell players for a rebounding during a high school girls basketball game Thursday night in Greene County. Mitchell won 51-41. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
LITTLE CINCINNATI -- There were two critical points in Thursday's Eastern Greene 51-41 loss to visiting Mitchell.

The first was a second quarter that saw them fall from four points down to a dozen down and the other was a dry spell over the last 3 minutes and 18 seconds.

Other than that, the Lady Thunderbirds (5-7) were as tough as nails on both ends of the court.

"Every time we got momentum we had it taken away from us," EGHS coach Zac Stevens said. "The momentum was taken away from -- us not in a fair way, I thought.

"Our girls played extremely hard, we were scrappy after that I think we ran out of gas. I'm proud of my girls I think they're the hardest working team in the state of Indiana."

In the ill-fated second frame the Lady Thunderbirds were outscored by a slim 15-11 margin -- which they more than made up for with a 15-13 advantage of their own in the third quarter.

The second stanza saw them connect on just 5 of 12 shots successfully while turning the ball over three times.

Most glaring was a five possession string that allowed the Lady Bluejackets to extend their lead from five points to 11 over a span of three minutes.

"It was a game of runs and they had a bigger run than we did," Stevens said. "I'm just proud of girls, they did great."

Eastern Greene rallied in the third quarter to narrow the lead within a reachable 39-32 distance. It also helped propel into the fourth quarter where they chipped away and got the margin down to as little as two points with over four minutes to play.

But a 3-pointer by Mitchell's Sammie Howe pushed the gap back to five points and negated Eastern Greene's trey from Kym Arthur on the previous trip.

Arthur finished with nine points and a bucketful of praise from Stevens who said her efforts were instrumental in countering the shorthanded status of his squad.

"Kym Arthur gave us a lot of minutes when she hasn't been playing a lot," Stevens said. "She gave us a lot of good minutes, quality minutes. Defensively she was blocking out and making plays."

Less than a minute later Eastern Greene got their final points of the night when Brittany Martin's layup cut the gap to 44-41.

"We need to rest, take care of our bodies," Stevens said. "We've got a lot of wounded players and we need to take care of each other."

Only Martin bested Arthur's scoring as the junior notched 11 points to lead EGHS. It matched Mia Burton's team-leading tally for Mitchell.

In the junior varsity contest the Lady Bluejackets prevailed 28-21.

Amanda Butler led EGHS with eight points while Lenzy Hutchison added seven, Katie Morguson four and Lexy Burleson two.

The Lady Thunderbirds return to action Saturday at noon when they travel to Martinsville for a non-conference contest.

MITCHELL (51) -- Alyssa Gardner 4-7 1-2 9, Mia Burton 2-9 6-8 11, Taylor Mann 3-11 1-3 7, Courtney Perkins 0-4 1-2 1, Sammie Howe 3-7 2-2 10, Danielle Pruett 1-6 2-4 5, Alexa Harris 1-2 4-6 6, Michaela Collins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 15-43 17-27 51.

EASTERN GREENE (41) -- Briittany Martin 5-7 1-1 11, Amy Todd 1-7 2-3 4, Sierra New 2-5 0-0 5, Hannah Resler 2-8 0-0 4, Brooke Butler 3-8 1-2 8, Libby Tarr 0-1 0-0 0, Kym Arthur 4-8 0-0 9. Totals 17-44 4-6 41.

Mitchell 11 15 13 12 -- 51

Eastern Greene 6 11 15 9 -- 41

3-point shooting -- Mitchell 4-17 (Howe 2-5, Pruett 1-6, Burton 1-4, Perkins 0-2), Eastern Greene 3-9 (Butler 1-2, New 1-2, Arthur 1-3, Resler 0-1, Martin 0-1). Rebounds -- Mitchell 39 (Mann 11), Eastern Greene 35 (Todd 12). Steals -- Mitchell 13 (Perkins 4), Eastern Greene 7 (Resler 2, Butler 2, Todd 2). Blocks -- Mitchell 3 (Burton 2), Eastern Greene 1 (New). Turnovers -- Mitchell 17, Eastern Greene 24. Total fouls -- Mitchell 12, Eastern Greene 22. Fouled out -- Arthur. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Mitchell 28, Eastern Greene 21.



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