Boyle beats Garrard in Mason's debut

December 02, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County coach Judie Mason expected her team to struggle with its shooting, but Garrard County coach Jenny Teater didn't expect her team to struggle for as long as it did.

Boyle (1-0) took enough shots to negate its low shooting percentage and Garrard's fourth-quarter rally fell just short as the Rebels held on for a 48-44 season-opening win here Monday in the debut for both coaches.

The Rebels were just 17-for-66 from the field, a 25.7 percent mark, but Mason said she didn't think her girls would set the nets on fire.

"Getting that first win was huge. I've won 270-some games, and I came into this game thinking 'Oh, we've got to win,'" Mason said.


"We said, 'We'll shoot them right now, and we'll make them in another month.' You know me, I work on my defense, and we haven't worked a whole lot on our offense. But when you take 66 shots, you have to score more points than that.

The Golden Lions (0-1) had almost as many turnovers (24) as they did shot attempts (31), and had more rebounds than turnovers in only two quarters.

"Our defense made our offense. We got steals and momentum was going our way. It helped us all night," said Allie Hafley, who led the Rebels with 18 points.

"Emotions were running so high before the game," Teater said. "They wanted to come out and do well, and I wanted them to come out and do well. Boyle just settled faster than we did."

The Rebels led 22-16 at the half, and a 11-2 run to close out the third quarter gave Boyle a comfortable 13-point lead going into the fourth.

It almost wasn't comfortable enough.

After scoring just 25 points through three quarters, Garrard exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter. A 12-3 run to start the period, including six points from Wendy Logan, drew the Lions within four at 41-37 with 2:41 to play.

With Boyle leading 43-39, Ashley Chalk made a steal and a layup to extend the lead to six points.

Garrard trailed 46-41 with 27.5 seconds left after a free throw by Boyle's C.C. Leffew, but a free throw by Kia Howard and a basket by Chelsea Denny after Howard missed her second attempt got Garrard within two with 11 seconds left.

Hafley sealed the win with two free throws with 3.5 seconds to play.

Free throws were big for both teams in a close game. Boyle was 1-for-5 in the first half, but hit 7-of-8 in the second half. Garrard made up most of its deficit in the fourth quarter from the stripe, hitting 7-of-11 in the period.

"I knew if we kept fouling it was going to slow the game down and they'd score without the clock running, which is exactly what happened," Mason said.

"Your defense should be there every night. Your defense should never be down. My system is so complicated that it's going to take them awhile to pick it up. We went to a straight man-to-man there in the second half just to simplify it. I'm so used to them knowing exactly what we're doing, then I have to bring myself back and think, 'These aren't the kids you've had (at Somerset) for 12 years.'"

Howard and Denny each scored 11 to lead Garrard, but Logan and Sydney Napier each had eight off the bench. Howard had nine rebounds to lead the Lions, who finished the game 13-for-31 from the floor.

Tiffany Webb had 10 rebounds to lead Boyle.

GARRARD (0-1) - Kia Howard 11, Chelsea Denny 11, Andrea Adams 6, Wendy Logan 8, Sydney Napier 8.

BOYLE (1-0) - C.C. Leffew 6, Allie Hafley 18, Tiffany Webb 5, Ashley Chalk 2, Kate Edmiston 8, Stephanie Elks 3, Cassie Anderson 4, Amber Mills 2.

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