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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Sierra New (22) of Eastern Greene tries to drive into the teeth of the Sullivan defense during a Class 2A Sectional game at Sullivan Wednesday night. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
SULLIVAN -- Class 2A No. 3 Sullivan scored 12 unanswered points to begin defense of their girls basketball sectional title and cruised to a 55-32 victory over Eastern Greene in a first-round game at Sullivan Sectional 47 here Wednesday night.

Sullivan, who opened the game by making 8 of 14 shots in the first quarter, jumped ahead 24-4 and led 35-7 at intermission enroute to its 15th consecutive victory (20-2).

They also made 9 of 12 free throws and were 52 percent shooting (13 of 25) in the opening 16 minutes.

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Alex Dubois (23) dribbles against Sullivan guard Jaleigh Gilman Wednesday night in a girls basketball sectional at Sullivan. The Lady Arrows won 55-32. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Defensively, the hosts forced Eastern Greene into 13 miscues in the first half, compared to 14 attempts at the basket (three makes).

"Sullivan is a great basketball team," said Eastern Greene coach Zack Stevens. "They are strong, athletic and disciplined."

Three starters for Sullivan scored in double figures, despite coach Julie Meeks liberally using her bench.

Terre Haute transfer Emily Cottom made 6 of 11 shots and finished with 16 points.

Indiana State recruit Rhagen Smith missed just 4 of 11 shots and tallied 15 points.

Forward Cobie Harrison hit half of her attempts from the field, scoring 14 points. She also made 4 of 5 free throws.

Smith (nine) and Harrison (eight) combined for 17 rebounds as Sullivan won the battle of the boards 39-13, including 16-3 on the offensive glass.

Sullivan dished out 18 assists on 22 baskets, led by Caelan Jones' five. Jones also had four steals and Harrison two as the Lady Arrows finished with eight steals.

"That's the best team we have played so far," said Stevens. "From one to 15, or to 20 or however many girls they have, they are the best.

"This is not their last win of the season. They are going to win several more games."

Eastern Greene made two more hoops (five) in the third quarter than they did in the first half. Brittany Martin and Brooke Butler each made a 3-pointer and Amy Todd added two baskets and Amanda Butler scored a two-pointer.

Alex Dubois hit two free throws, after EGHS did not attempt a foul shot in the first half, as the Lady Thunderbirds outscored the Arrows 14-12 in the quarter, trimming the deficit to 47-21.

Dubois, a senior, made all four of her freebies as she scored a team-high eight points. Sierra New scored five points and senior Brooke Butler had four points in their final game.

"I am really proud of the girls," said Stevens. "They gave me 100 percent all of the time, at practice and in games.

"Tonight we just run into a great team and we did not play well early. The girls got back to having fun in the second half. We will miss Alex and Brooke, but we have a good bunch of kids returning."

North Central will play North Knox in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday. Sullivan will meet South Knox at 7:30 p.m. in the second semi with the winners playing for a sectional championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday

Class 2A Sullivan Sectional 47

SULLIVAN (55) -- Cobie Harrison 5-10 4-5 14, Rhagen Smith 7-11 1-2 15, Caelan Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Jaleigh Gilham 0-3 0-0 0, Emily Cottom 6-11 4-8 16, Kaitlin Basinger 1-1 0-0 2, Kiersey Judson 0-1 0-0 0, Kyndle McDonald 0-1 0-0 0, Jenny Wilkes 2-5 1-2 5, Meredith Secrest 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsey Day 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-47 17-19 55.

EASTERN GREENE (32) -- Amy Todd 2-3 0-0 4, Alex Dubois 2-8 4-4 8, Brittany Martin 1-6 0-0 3, Sierra New 2-7 1-2 5, Brooke Butler 1-5 1-2 4, Hannah Resler 0-1 1-2 1, Kym Arthur 1-3 0-0 3, Katie Morguson 0-1 0-0 0, Libby Tarr 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Butler 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 11-36 7-10 32.

Totals

Sullivan 24 11 12 8 -- 55

Eastern Greene 4 3 14 11 -- 32

3-point shooting -- Sullivan 0-9 (Wilkes 0-1, Jones 0-2, Gilham 0-3, Cottom 0-3), Eastern Greene 3-13 (B. Butler 1-1, Arthur 1-3, Martin 1-3, New 0-5). Fouls -- Sullivan 12, Eastern Greene 17. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Sullivan 39 (Smith 9, Harrison 8), Eastern Greene 13 (Martin 2, Morguson 2). Assists -- Sullivan 18 (Jones 5), Eastern Greene 8 (Resler 3). Steals -- Sullivan 8 (Jones 4), Eastern Greene 5 (New, Dubois, Resler, B. Butler, Martin). Turnovers -- Sullivan 17 (Basinger 3, Eastern Greene 16 (Dubois 5). Blocks -- Sullivan 1 (McDonald), Eastern Greene 2 (Dubois, B. Butler).



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