Defense lifts Golden Lions over Harrodsburg

January 20, 2004|MARTY WARREN

LANCASTER - Garrard County coach Jenny Teater wanted her defense to intensify and enable her offense to get easy baskets. On Monday night, she got her wish.

The Golden Lions limited Harrodsburg to only 3-for-27 shooting in the second half and pulled away to post a 49-27 victory over the Pioneers here Monday night.

"We didn't shoot the ball well in the first half and I thought we may have gotten a little discouraged," said Teater. "We missed a lot of easy shots and we came in at the half and talked about picking up our defensive intensity and maybe that would get our offense going. We did a much better job in the second half."

It was the second game in 10 days for the two teams and Teater said if was difficult getting ready to play the Pioneers again in such a short time frame.


"It's hard to play a team twice in two weeks," the Garrard coach said. "It was like looking in a mirror the way we played in the first half, but we came out and did what we had to do in the second half.

Abby Parsons scored five points while Andrea Adams added a bucket as the Golden Lions led 7-2 late in the first quarter. However, Harrodsburg's Sarah Roach scored twice and the Pioneers added two free tosses to close to within 9-7 after one period of play.

Parsons caught fire in the second quarter for Garrard (6-9, 3-1 46th District) while scoring eight points in a four-minute span to give the Golden Lions an 18-12 advantage. Buckets by Ashley Meadows and Adams increased the lead to 22-14 at the intermission.

Harrodsburg coach Bryan Tolliver said shooting the basketball has been his team's biggest downfall. The Pioneers (3-11, 0-4) managed to get off only 15 shots in the first half, due in part to 14 turnovers. However, while Harrodsburg managed to take 27 shots at the basket in the second half, they hit just three for a miserable 11 percent. They finished the game 7-for-42 for 20 percent.

"We haven't shot the ball well all season," Tolliver said. "We had some excellent looks at the basket tonight, though. I don't know how many layups we missed. We talked at halftime about the third quarter being just as important as the first quarter, but for some reason, we couldn't throw it in the ocean."

Parsons scored five more points in the third period while Kia Howard added four and Chelsea Denny nailed a trey to give Garrard a 39-20 lead going into the final period.

"Thank goodness that Abby was hitting the basket tonight," Teater said. "She kept us in the game in the first half and it continued into the second half. She has been shooting the ball well."

Tolliver agreed.

"Parsons would hit a couple 3's and their lead increased to 15 before you knew it," the Harrodsburg coach said. "It wasn't just her, though. We gave them too many easy looks in the second half."

Garrard didn't shoot the ball that well, either. The Lions managed to hit 19 of 57 shots for 33 percent, but shot better from 3-point range (5-for-8) than they did from the free throw line (6-for-10) or inside the arc.

Roach, the area's leading rebounder at nine per game, reached her average as Harrodsburg won the rebounding battle 38-33. Howard, Parsons and Adams had five each to lead the Lions.

The Pioneers committed 22 miscues compared to only 14 for Garrard.

"We had a hard time rebounding against them the first time, too," Teater said. "It seemed like we disappeared at times and didn't box out, and that is something we have to work on. But we took better care of the ball and kept our turnovers down. That really helped us tonight."

HARRODSBURG (3-11, 0-4) - Tiffany Smith 8, Mandy Long 1, Laila Graves 4, Sarah Roach 11, Annie Sutton 1, Ishia Chenault 2.

GARRARD (6-9, 3-1) - Chelsea Denny 5, Sydney Napier 4, Abby Parsons 18, Andrea Adams 4, Wendy Logan 3, Ashley Meadows 5, Kia Howard 6, Tamera Rothwell 2, Christen Roy 2.

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