KSD girls earn split at Mason-Dixon

Garrard wins

January 23, 2004

Kentucky School for the Deaf's girls opened the Mason-Dixon Tournament with a win here Thursday, but then lost to defending champion Mississippi in the nightcap at Baton Rouge, La.

KSD (4-11) topped Eastern North Carolina 49-17 in the opener behind 21 points from Mickie Brunton and 16 from Maribel Rodriquez.

"Our defense was awesome," KSD coach Kevin Hamilton said. "The did not even cross half court for seven straight possessions in the third quarter.

Brunton added five rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Rodriquez had four rebounds, five steals and two assists. Jennifer Harris grabbed a team-high nine boards.


The luck changed for KSD in the second game, losing to Mississippi 47-19.

Mississippi used its pressure defense to go on runs of 12-0 and 13-0.

"We lost to a better team," Hamilton said. "Their full-court pressure surprised us in opening the first and third quarters."

Rodriquez scored 13 of KSD's 19 points, and Sophia Brunton added six rebounds.

Garrard County 60, Pulaski Southwestern 50 - At Lancaster, a hot-shooting start got Garrard out of the gates on the way to the victory.

The Golden Lions (7-9) shot 50 percent in the first half in opening up a 31-21 lead at halftime. Each team scored 29 points in the second half.

"The rest of the game was even," Garrard coach Jenny Teater said. "We didn't shoot as well in the second half, but we beat them in the first."

Kia Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Garrard, which outrebounded Southwestern by 14.

Chelsea Denny added 12 points for the Lions.

Garrard finished the game 16 of 37 for 43.2 percent and hit 22 of 32 free throws. Southwestern was 15-for-34 from the field, a 44.1 percent mark, and connected on 8 of 19 free throws.

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