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Lady Lakers roll past Washington Catholic

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kelsey Fulford of Shakamak (23) attempts to drive the basketball baseline in a high school girls game Tuesday night at Jasonville against Washington Catholic. The Lady Lakers won 66-44. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- The Shakamak Lady Lakers put four players in double figures and had two players finish with double-digit rebounds in a 64-44 romp over visiting Washington Catholic here Tuesday night.

The win pushed the Lady Lakers season mark to 5-11 while the Lady Cardinals fell to 2-16.

Other than a few hiccups on the defensive end of the floor, the Lady Lakers played arguably their best game of the year.

A pair of Washington Catholic defenders tries to distract Kelsey Pilant (35) as the Shakamak center shoots for two points in a non-conference high school girls basketball game Tuesday night at Jasonville. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
At least in the eyes of head coach Troy Fougerousse.

"We started off maybe the first four minutes of the first quarter where we gave up 10 points and just weren't very good at all," Fougerousse said. "We got a timeout and got hold of our kids then came out and played really well the rest of the first quarter and the entire second quarter.

"The start of the third quarter I made a few changes in the defense and as coaches sometimes we outsmarted ourselves. So I probably shouldn't have and we started off slowly."

Breaking it down a little further, Fougerousse's ballclub gave one of their best defensive efforts in quite a while during a second quarter that saw them outscore WC 17-6 and turn a competitive game into a rout for the most part.

"That's what we're looking for, we're looking to play solid defensively," Fougerousse said. "We're not going to be the team that comes down and full court pressures you into 20 or 30 turnovers.

"We want to be the team that comes down and if you do get a shot it's a hand in the face then we go down on the other end and execute."

The double-digits that went into the scorebook were from Sierra Hudson (10 points) and Kelsey Fulford (10 points) along with a pair of double-doubles.

Senior duo Kelsey Pilant and Megan Phipps both accomplished the feat. Phipps closed out the contest with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Pilant chalked up a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds.

"She's been consistent here in the second half of the year," Fougerousse said of Pilant, a 6-1 senior center. "She's become a player that we can go to."

Joining the quad of double-digit scorers were Jerri Beck with seven markers, Kierra Samm with two and Kayla Gallagher with one.

Washington Catholic did produce a pair of double digit scorers as sisters Sarah (12 points) and Hannah Wild (10) managed the feat.

With that aside the Shakamak offense stole the show, something that has not been a downfall of the Lady Lakers this season. They entered the game averaging over 41 points an outing -- and that trend continued on Tuesday night thanks in part to a solid effort from the field as a team.

While Pilant was draining shots at an 11 for 20 clip, as a team the Lady Lakers were 27 for 56 (48 percent).

"With four girls in double figures in girls high school basketball and you can put 64 points you're going to compete with anybody," Fougerousse said. "That will make a lot of good things happen."

The Lady Lakers led 15-10 after one quarter, 32-16 at the half and 44-33 after three quarters.

In the junior varsity contest the Lady Lakers easily prevailed by a 39-19 tally.

Kierra Samm led the Lady Lakers with seven points while Federica Arena added six, Diamond Hinkle five, Kayla Gallagher and Cassie Beck four each and Kimberly Kaho, Meagan Mattox and Marie Fischer all finished with two points each.

Shakamak returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Eastern Greene for a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game with the Lady Thunderbirds.

WASHINGTON CATHOLIC (44) -- Hannah Wild 5-14 0-0 10, Elizabeth Perkins 2-6 4-4 8, Bailey Abel 3-14 0-0 9, Sarah Wild 5-14 0-0 12, Sarah Wichman 2-12 1-2 5, Kasey Ivey 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Dunbar 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 5-6 44.

SHAKAMAK (64) -- Kelsey Fulford 4-9 0-0 10, Jerri Beck 3-7 1-2 7, Kelsey Pilant 11-20 2-3 24, Megan Phipps 4-11 1-1 10, Sierra Hudson 4-6 1-2 10, Kayla Gallagher 0-0 1-2 1, Kierra Samm 1-3 0-0 2, Casey Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Cassie Beck 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 6-10 64.

Washington Catholic 10 6 17 11 -- 44

Shakamak 15 17 12 20 -- 64

3-point shooting -- Washington Catholic 5-21 (Abel 3-11, S. Wild 2-7, H. Wild 0-1, Wichman 0-1, Perkins 0-1), Shakamak 4-9 (Fulford 2-5, Hudson 1-2, Phipps 1-2). Rebounds -- Washington Catholic 36 (Perkins 9), Shakamak 36 (Pilant 10, Phipps 10). Steals -- Washington Catholic 5 (Wichman 2), Shakamak 7 (Hudson 4). Blocks -- Washington Catholic none, Shakamak 9 (Pilant 4). Turnovers -- Washington Catholic 9, Shakamak 8. Total fouls -- Washington Catholic 10, Shakamak 11. Fouled out -- H. Wild, J. Beck. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Shakamak 39, Washington Catholic 19.

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