Loogootee applies intense pressure to rout Lady T-Birds by 40

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Eastern defenders Sophi Edwards (22) and Zoe Logston (right) try to take the ball away from a Loogootee player.
By Andrew Bowen

LITTLE CINCINNATI – After Tuesday night, it's a safe bet that “Under Pressure” won't be the Lady Thunderbirds' favorite song.

Visiting Loogootee led Eastern 12-8 after only one quarter, but then increased their defensive pressure and held the Lady T-Birds (1-1) to only nine points for the rest of the game, posting a 57-17 rout. The Lionesses slapped the ball away and deflected passes and generally shredded the Eastern offense. For example, three straight layups off steals boosted them into a 50-12 lead in the fourth quarter.

“Their pressure really got to us,” Eastern head coach Justin Burris said. “We really couldn't get into our offense. It was a real tough night on offense.”

The referee signals a jump ball after Sarah White wrestles the ball away from a Loogootee player.
By Andrew Bowen

He added that the Lady Thunderbirds also failed to rebound well and were lethargic on defense.

“After the first quarter, they came out and made a little run and we just kind of disappeared,” Burris said. “We only scored nine points for the rest of the game.”

To deal with similar pressure in the future, he said: “Our guards have to be stronger with the ball. We've got to get into our offense and do the things we're capable of.”åç

The Lady Thunderbirds will also have to contain dribble penetration. Loogootee scored many buckets on the inside as they put up 22 baskets compared to 6 for Eastern.

“We'll watch some film and see what we can try to do to improve,” Burris concluded.

Tyanna Graber led all players with 20 points for the Lionesses and Julianne Bell tossed in 15.

Sophi Edwards led Eastern with six points off two treys.

Loogootee 12 18 14 13 – 57

Eastern 8 2 2 5 – 17

LOOGOOTEE (57)

Waggner 1 0-2 2, Seals 0 0-1 0, Davis 1 0-0 2, Walker 1 2-4 4, Jones 2 0-0 4, Graber 8 3-5 20; Armstrong 0 1-2 1, Sutton 1 1-2 3, Van Hoy 1 4-5 6, Bell 7 1-2 15, Nolley 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, TEAM 22 12-23 57.

EASTERN (17)

Rollins 0 0-0 0, White 0 2-4 2, Deckard 1 0-0 2, Luallen 0 0-0 0, Hatfield 1 0-0 2, Tarr 0 0-0 0, Burris 0 0-0 0, Sparks 0 0-0 0, Fuller 1 1-2 3, Padgett 0 0-2 0, Logston 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 0-0 6, Prince 1 0-0 2, young 0 0-1 0,TEAM 6 3-9 17.

Three-Point Shooting: Loogootee 1 (Graber 1), Eastern 2 (Edwards 2). Fouls: Loogootee 15, Eastern 17.

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