Ads come up short against Holy Cross

February 05, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

RICHMOND - In the biggest game in school history, the Danville Lady Admirals just didn't measure up.

From the moment they lined up against Covington Holy Cross for their first appearance in the All "A" Classic, they faced a disadvantage they knew they could do nothing about.

They were shorter than the Holy Cross girls at virtually every position, and they took a beating on the boards and gave up a bushel of easy baskets because of it.

"Their height made a big difference," Danville guard Krystal Jackson said.

And the biggest difference was on the boards. The Lady Admirals have fared favorably there against most of their opponents, but Holy Cross outrebounded them 38-13.


"That was pretty much the story of the game," Danville coach Justin Schommer said. "We just didn't get enough rebounds. Sometimes we tried to box out; other times they were able to get the ball over us."

Holy Cross' dominance on the boards included 12 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second-chance points for the Indians in their 62-46 win at McBrayer Arena.

"I think it was kind of a battle of them with a little bit smaller girls trying to get around our big people," Holy Cross coach Rob Kues said. "One, we were able to put a body on people, and two, we rotated very well offensively. We wound up with a good number of offensive boards that we got a lot of points on."

Nineteen of their field goals came within 5 feet of the basket

Even when the Indians weren't scoring on putbacks, they were scoring in the paint. Nineteen of their 24 field goals came within 5 feet of the basket.

"On defense is where their height really killed us," Jackson said.

"They were getting two-on-ones, and with their height advantage those were pretty easy baskets," Schommer added.

The Danville coach said Holy Cross' size was also the key ingredient in the 24-2 run that wiped out Danville's 18-9 lead and replaced it with a 33-20 Holy Cross lead, and he said it was a factor in the fourth quarter as the Lady Admirals ran out of gas.

"Their height and their depth started to wear on us in the second quarter," Schommer said. "We had a tough time in the second and fourth quarters keeping our energy level up to make up for the size difference."

With no starter taller than 5-8 and no one on its roster over 5-9, inside play figured to be a problem for Danville against a Holy Cross team starting no one shorter than 5-8.

The Indians knew they had the edge, and they knew they needed to exploit it.

"We've got big guards, and we knew they could rebound and get their hands in the shooters' faces, and I have size in the post, too," said Holy Cross center Brittany Bass, the tallest player on the floor at 6-0 and the game's top player with 24 points and 12 rebounds. "We knew we could take advantage of our height for defense, for rebounds, for anything."

The Danville girls knew it, too.

"I knew they were a whole lot taller," Danville guard Monica Vonderbrink said. "They're fast, but I don't think they're that much faster than us. They're just tall."

Tates Creek did the same thing Monday

The schedule gave Danville a chance to prepare for a taller team with Monday's game at Tates Creek, but the Lady Admirals took a similar whipping on the boards there, as they were outrebounded 41-18 in a 71-38 loss.

Danville outrebounded its first 14 opponents by an average of 3.8 per game but has been outrebounded 79-31 in its last two games.

Schommer said that's a cautionary tale for his team as it tries to refocus on its goals of winning the 45th District championship and a 12th Region Tournament berth, both of which would be firsts for the program.

"If we're going to compete at the end of the season, we have to do a better job of boxing out against bigger players," he said.

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