Unbeaten Admirals hold off Boyle County 45-40

December 12, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Danville didn't see the Boyle County lineup it expected, but the Admirals did just fine with the change.

Boyle coach Judie Mason benched three starters at the beginning of Thursday's game, but Danville still started the game with a 14-4 run on its way to a 45-40 victory.

Danville improved to 5-0, the best start any of the current players have had, behind hot shooting early and solid defense throughout.

"We have a whole lot of confidence," Danville senior Monica Vonderbrink said. "We knew starting the year that we were going to be pretty good. I think the confidence is showing because we all stick with each other and help each other through and we know the game."


Cassie Anderson, Stephanie Elks and Michelle Yates got starting nods for Boyle (1-3, 0-2 45th District), while Ashley Chalk, Kate Edmiston and C.C. Leffew began the game on the bench. Mason said she saw enough in Monday's loss to Lafayette to know something needed to be changed.

But Danville (1-0 district) took advantage of it. The less-experienced Boyle lineup watched the Admirals get hot from the outside, running out to a 14-4 lead behind two 3-pointers from Vonderbrink in the first five minutes.

"It was a wakeup call for the older kids," Mason said. "From day one, I told them we may not go with the five best kids, but we're going to go with the five that make the best team. That's what we're looking for right now, kids that are willing to do what it takes to make a good team.

"Give them credit, when they came off the bench, they were ready to play. I had two seniors and a junior who found out yesterday they weren't starting against their biggest rival. They could have easily sat on the bench and pouted, but they came in and did exactly what I needed them to do."

Starting with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter, Boyle went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 14 . Eight of those points came from Edmiston, who had 10 of Boyle's first 14.

Boyle went on to lead 22-21 at halftime after Danville was just 1-for-8 from the field in the second quarter. But the Ads started just as hot in the second half as they had the first.

"Our girls just responded well," Danville coach Justin Schommer said. "They've been able to keep their composure this year, stop the run and get back on the attack."

Danville scored the first 10 points of the second half, grabbing a 31-22 lead after three-point plays from Renee Chiu and Vonderbrink.

A 9-2 run drew Boyle within two points at 33-31 on a basket by Anderson. Amber Wood answered with a 3-pointer and Boyle used its final timeout with 6:48 still to play. Danville still had four timeouts remaining.

"That was huge," Mason said. "Maybe it will help them in the long run because they had to go in there and coach a little bit more than me being out there telling them everything."

With Boyle trailing 42-38, Amber Mills missed the front end of the bonus, and Danville rebounded. However, it took the Rebels 33 seconds to foul Renee Chiu. Chiu hit one of two free throws for a five-point lead.

A basket by Chalk with 7.2 seconds left got Boyle within three points at 43-40, but Krystal Jackson hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal the game.

"We know that when it comes down to a game like this, free throws are important," Vonderbrink said. "Coach makes sure we work on them a whole lot and I think it's shown in the way we've played."

Edmiston led Boyle with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Chalk had 10 points and eight boards.

Neither team shot the ball well as Danville was 13-for-44 (29.5 percent) and Boyle was 18-for-53 (33.9 percent). The Admirals had a huge edge in free throws, sinking 15 of 21 compared to Boyle's 3-for-7.

The Rebels won the rebounding battle 44-27, while Jackson had six to lead Danville.

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