Burgin girls beat Harrodsburg, advance to All 'A' semifinals

January 22, 2004|JILL ERWIN

BURGIN - The Harrodsburg girls thought they had the Burgin Bulldogs right where they wanted them. Burgin had other ideas.

The Pioneers trimmed a 13-point halftime deficit to seven with 1 minute, 22 seconds to play in the third quarter. But Burgin ran off seven straight points, including two 3-pointers, to pull away for a 57-42 win in the first round of the 12th Region All "A" Classic Wednesday.

The Bulldogs (9-6) advance to face Danville in the semifinals tonight at Monticello for a berth in Saturday's championship.

But it took some key outside shots for Burgin to earn that slot in the semis. The Bulldogs hit eight 3-pointers, and six different players hit at least one. Taylor Bottoms and Clara Sanders each scored 14 points, and each hit two 3s as well.

"That really helped us," Bottoms said. "We missed some inside shots that we need to hit, but the 3s were falling."


All 14 of Bottoms' points came in the second half after she picked up two fouls in the first quarter. Twelve of her points came after Harrodsburg's run to cut the margin to seven.

Sanders also scored the majority of her points in the second half, with 10 of her 14 coming in the fourth quarter. Bottoms and Sanders combined to score all 18 of Burgin's fourth-quarter points.

But they were hardly the only weapons Burgin had. The Bulldogs had eight different players score, and Andrea Warner, Bev Harris, Meredith Lear and Amanda Carey also hit 3s for Burgin.

"I want them all shooting it," Burgin coach Keith Monson said. "The last two weeks, we've been working on nothing but shooting. I'm afraid the girls' arms are about to fall off. But I have faith in all of them to hit that shot."

It was exactly that shot that gave Burgin the breathing room to take control of Wednesday's game. Leading 12-8, Burgin scored nine straight points to take a 21-8 lead in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs led 26-13 at the half, but Harrodsburg coach Bryan Tolliver said he wasn't giving up.

"We keyed on Bottoms, but they still made their points, which I was not pleased with," Tolliver said. "At halftime, I told them, 'It's just 13 points. We can make that up. Don't hit the panic button yet.'"

It looked like they were going to do just that. After getting outrebounded 14-5 in the second quarter, Harrodsburg (3-12) came out with a new intensity and controlled the boards in cutting the lead to 32-25 behind six points from Sarah Roach.

But Bottoms followed with her first 3-pointer, then got a steal and hit one of two free throws. Warner hit a 3-pointer with :12 to play in the third to put Burgin up 39-25.

"We had three straight turnovers right there, and they scored on all three of them," Tolliver said. "Sometimes we do that, we just have a mental blackout. They scored off all those, and we just kind of deflated."

Harrodsburg never got the deficit back to single digits again.

Roach had a game-high 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, and she also had a team-high six rebounds. Harrodsburg was 14-for-43 from the field (33 percent) and won the rebounding battle 34-27.

Stephanie Stewart also reached double digits for Burgin, scoring 11 points, and had a team-high six rebounds. Sanders added five assists and Bev Harris had four.

Burgin hit 21 of 53 shots (40 percent) from the field and had only nine turnovers.

HARRODSBURG (3-12) - Tiffany Smith 7, Mandy Long 8, Laila Graves 5, Sarah Roach 19, Beth Lewis 3.

BURGIN (9-6) - Andrea Warner 5, Taylor Bottoms 14, Stephanie Stewart 11, Bev Harris 3, Clara Sanders 14, Meredith Lear 3, Amanda Carey 5, Tiffany Shewmaker 2.

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