Burgin reserves beat KSD 65-30

January 28, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Burgin coach Keith Monson gave the phrase "playing your subs" a whole different meaning here Tuesday when he rested his starters the entire game and the reserves played extremely well while defeating Kentucky School for the Deaf 65-30.

KSD was coming off a draining road trip at the Mason-Dixon Tournament at Baton Rouge, La., and to top things off, head coach Kevin Hamilton became ill on the return trip and missed Tuesday's game. Former boys coach Billy Lange and assistant coach Rebecca Kreutzer coached the team in Hamilton's absence.

Burgin has no seniors and only three juniors on its roster. Still, Monson left normal starters Taylor Bottoms, Bev Harris, Andrea Warner, Clara Sanders and Stephanie Stewart on the bench and started Ann Harris, Tiffany Shewmaker, Michelle Myers, Jessica Allen and Alli Hardin in their place.

Monson said it was a good time to get some of his reserves some valuable minutes.


"The girls played very well," Monson said. "They don't get a lot of chances to play and I thought tonight was a good opportunity to get them some minutes. They shot the ball well and committed only nine turnovers. They couldn't play against their shadows in practice and keep our turnovers that low."

Monday night the Bulldogs (10-8) shot just 24 percent against Garrard County and Monson said it was a good time to give the starters a break.

"We didn't play well last night, but the girls know it," the Burgin coach said. "Our execution has to get better to become a better basketball team, and it will. We are going back to the school and practice for a little while to get us back into sync."

His team was certainly in sync Tuesday, though.

Hardin scored seven points in the first period as Burgin led 20-6 after one period. Maribel Rodriquez scored four points for KSD (2-11) while Jennifer Harris scored two as the Colonels hit missed nine of 12 shots in the opening frame.

"Our team is tired and we just didn't play well," KSD senior captain Mickie Brunton said. "It was a big change for us being in 60-degree weather last week and 20 degrees when we got off the bus here. Our team tried its best but (Burgin) did a nice job hitting shots, both inside and outside."

KSD coach appreciates Monson playing younger players

Lange was appreciative to Monson for playing his younger players.

"Our girls played hard and I thank coach Monson for his sportsmanship," Lange said. "He could have piled up the score, but didn't. We just couldn't put any pressure on them. We didn't have any legs left after last week and the long trip home."

Burgin went on a 16-0 scoring run to begin the second half. Freshman Amanda Powell, who led all scorers with 16 points, scored six points during the run that ended when Sophia Brunton drained a 3-pointer with 1:32 to play in the half. Rodriquez's lay-up closed the scoring for the half and Burgin led 36-11 at the intermission.

"I was really pleased with the way Amanda (Powell) shot the ball," Monson said. "I saw a lot of things out there tonight that could help us in the long run. I thought we played confident and with poise the whole game. They didn't take a lot of bad shots. They just took the shot that was available"

Powell scored eight more points in the third frame as Burgin went on another 13-3 run to start the quarter.

Rodriquez scored three points while Victoria Thompson, Jennifer Harris and Brunton added a bucket each as KSD opened the final quarter with a 9-3 run, but the Colonels could get no closer.

KSD hit just 12 of 48 shots from the field for 25 percent and committed 24 turnovers. Burgin, led by Amanda Wall's nine rebounds, won the rebounding battle 50-41. Rodriquez led the Colonels with 11.

BURGIN (10-8) - Ann Harris 5, Tiffany Shewmaker 5, Michelle Myers 2, Jessica Allen 9, Alyson Burke 7, Alli Hardin 10, Nikki Bugg 5, Amanda Powell 16, Amanda Wall 6.

KSD (2-11) - Sophia Brunton 7, Maribel Rodriquez 11, Jennifer Harris 4, Mickie Brunton 6, Victoria Thompson 2.

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