Danville holds off Garrard

February 10, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

For six minutes Danville could not have played any better, and that ended up providing the margin the Admirals needed.

Danville (14-5) outscored visiting Garrard County 21-6 the final six minutes of the first half to build a 34-19 lead and then held on for a 62-60 win here Monday night.

"We were hitting shots, moving the ball and rebounding well," said Danville coach Justin Schommer. "We might have had a higher scoring quarter, but not against a team as good as Garrard."

For first-year Garrard coach Jenny Teater, that has been a disturbing trend recently. Her team scored 25 points in the fourth quarter after getting only 35 in the first three periods combined.


"We just waited too late to play," Teater said. "The second quarter killed us again. That's what we have been battling the last three games. We just lose our focus or something. We've got a lot of heart, we showed that. But we just can't wait so late to start playing."

The Admirals seemed to have the game out of reach when Krystal Jackson, who had a game-high 19 points, and Shatoniah Miller each scored to make it 51-35 with 7 minutes, 22 seconds to play. However, an 11-0 run sparked by Ashley Meadows cut the deficit to 51-46.

Danville pushed the lead back to 10 points at 59-49 with 2:24 left, but Garrard (9-12) came back again and cut the gap to 59-55 with 30.5 seconds left on a score by Andrea Adams. After a free throw by Jackson, Chelsea Denny's 3-pointer - Garrard's only trey of the game - made it 60-58 with 17.2 seconds left.

"We missed a couple of open shots, Garrard County started scoring and then we fouled too much," Schommer said. "But we made the plays it took to make sure we won."

Miller, a senior, got fouled with 9.4 seconds left and was perfect on both free throws to give the Ads a 62-58 edge that let them withstand one final goal by Denny.

"Danville is a good team. Give them credit. Every time we made a run, they had somebody step up and answer. That's what it takes to win games," Teater said.

Teater was pleased with the way her team came back. Kia Howard had 11 of Garrard's 21 first-half points and had 17 going into the fourth quarter on 7-for-14 shooting. Teater gave her a rest with about seven minutes to play and she never returned because the Lions started cutting into Danville's lead.

"The five we had in the game were getting the job done and there was no reason to change," Teater said. "The first half we were just too timid offensively. They covered our perimeter players and we just basically looked inside. It's easy to put the game on Kia's shoulders when she was playing so well, but we had to get her some help."

Danville hit seven 3-pointers, including three by Monica Vonderbrink, who had 16 points before spraining her ankle in the final 20 seconds. She also had four steals.

"She sprained it pretty good. I don't know if she'll be able to play Thursday or not," Schommer said. "We are going to take tomorrow off because we are tired. We played four games last week and had another tough game tonight. Mentally, we are just drained."

Adams had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting for Garrard. Meadows was 5-for-7 from the field and had 10 points and seven rebounds. Parsons also had 10 points. Howard led Garrard with eight rebounds.

The Lions were 23-for-48 from the field and 13-for-16 at the foul line. Danville was 15-for-19 at the foul line, including 7-for-9 in the final three minutes.

GARRARD (9-12) - Kia Howard 17, Andrea Adams 11, Abby Parsons 10, Chelsea Denny 7, Ashley Meadows 10, Wendi Logan 4, Sydney Napier 1.

DANVILLE (14-5) - Amber Wood 5, Renee Chiu 4, Monica Vonderbrink 16, Shatoniah Miller 7, Xerces Simpson 3, Krystal Jackson 19, Tasha Milby 6, Callie Harper 2.

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