Boyle outruns Danville 80-35

December 10, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

Boyle County wanted to run. Danville wanted to run. Boyle just does it a little better right now.

Relentless pressure and a deluge of transition baskets allowed the Boyle girls to run rings around Danville Thursday nght.

The Rebels forced 36 turnovers and held host Danville without a basket for two full periods as they rolled to an 80-35 victory.

It was a turning of the tables for Boyle, which lost to Danville three times last season. Experience is on Boyle's side now, and coach Judie Mason said that experience helped the Rebels.

"We want to run, and (Danville's) trying to get a running game over here," Mason said. "We said we'll see who's got the better running game."


That question was answered early, even though Danville (0-2, 0-1 45th District) did its best to keep pace with Boyle (3-0, 1-0). The Admirals were within seven points when the first quarter ended, but they were outscored 33-8 over the next two periods.

"We gave up 19 points in the first quarter, and I think they got a little tired," Mason said.

Danville was further hindered by the absence of two starters, senior guard Renee Chiu - the only returning starter from last year's 20-8 team and the only player on the team above the sophomore class - and sophomore forward Diamond Smith. Both sat out the game with injuries, leaving the Admirals with a starting lineup that included two freshmen and an eighth-grader.

"All things considered, I'm proud of the girls," said Danville coach Stephanie Baker, who used three eighth-graders in the game. "I'm proud of them for fighting through."

Boyle started two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore, and most of its players experienced the frustration of last year's 7-21 season. Now they're enjoying a different experience at 3-0.

Hafley leads all scorers

Guard Allie Hafley, who led all scorers with 25 points, said the Rebels' good start is doing wonders for their self-esteem.

"It feels great to be 3-0. It'll make us have more confidence in ourselves," Hafley said.

Boyle's performance was far from flawless. The Rebels had 25 turnovers and missed a host of close shots, but Mason said she was willing to forgive those transgressions.

"I knew there'd be a lot of mistakes," she said. "If we'd hit a lot of those easy shots, we'd have scored over 100 points.

"My teams have always had a lot of turnovers. You can have a lot of turnovers as long as you make up for it on the other end."

They did that. The Admirals had 16 turnovers in the second quarter alone, giving them 26 at the half.

"We played good defense," Hafley said. "The main thing is we go hard, and when we go hard it makes up for our mistakes."

Ads go almost 18 minutes without field goal

Danville shot just 20.8 percent (10-for-48) from the field, and the Admirals endured a stretch of 17 minutes, 55 seconds between field goals. A basket by Trevania Coulter with 33 seconds left in the first quarter pulled them within 24-17, but they missed their next 17 shots and committed 23 turnovers before Callie Harper connected with 6:37 left in the first quarter to make it 61-29.

"We couldn't hit anything tonight, and most of the shots were pretty decent shots," Baker said.

Hafley scored 16 points in the second and third periods for Boyle on her way to a career high in scoring. She finished 9-for-13 from the field.

Reserve Tori Alcorn added 12 points for the Rebels, who got points from 11 of the 12 players in uniform.

Boyle shot 38.8 percent (31-for-80) from the field, getting 32 more attempts than Danville and outrebounding the Admirals 56-42. Ashley Chalk had a team-high 10 rebounds for Boyle, followed by Cassie Anderson with eight and Alcorn with seven.

Eighth-graders Coulter and Tashina Moore and freshman Xerces Simpson led Danville with seven points each, and Coulter added 10 rebounds.

"We're going to get there," Baker said. "It's just going to take some time. I think their fight and their desire will come out in the end, and by March we'll be a different team."

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