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Dutch Fork presses its way past Lady Demons, 79-16

Posted: January 27, 2016 3:40 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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L-E’S MEGAN JEAN DRIBBLES down the floor while being pursued by Dutch Fork’s Olivia Sanders in action from Monday night’s game.

Guarding against what must be Lugoff-Elgin’s secretive 60-point play, Dutch Fork laid on the press and did not take it off  all night in rolling past the Lady Demons, 79-16, Monday night inside the Demons Den.

The loss was the fifth in as many Region 4-4A outings for Von Duncan’s charges whose size and inexperience were no match for the Silver Foxes in this make-up game from last Friday’s postponed contest.

For L-E, this was another learning lesson in an unforgiving conference which features two of the top three ranked 4A teams in the state.

Duncan said the circuit can be cruel but said one thing her team cannot do in the face of adversity is to give up or, give in.

“We have to keep pounding and keep doing what we do,” she said playing in such a tough league. “It’s definitely a growing experience for our girls.”

The visitors answered a game-opening short jumper from L-E’s Megan Jean by rattling off 14 straight points before that run was interrupted by a 15-foot jumper from Aiyana Gaines which made it 14-4 with a minute left in a first quarter which ended with Dutch Fork having jumped to a commanding 18-4 advantage thanks in part to 10 points from sophomore forward Madison Golden.

The DF press really started taking effect in a second quarter which opened with the visitors striking for the first 14 points to up the margin to 32-4 with less than three minutes to play in the half. A Caitlyn Simon stickback was the lone field goal for L-E in the second quarter. When the two sides headed for the locker room, the hostesses were on the short end of a 38-7 score.

While the press would force the Lady Demons into a long string of turnovers, Duncan was not about to gush over the Silver Foxes’ defensive intensity.

“They hurt us with the press but they also used their speed,” she said. “The hustled and they out-hustled us. When we were sitting and waiting for passes to come to us, they jumped into the passing lanes, stole the ball and laid it up (for baskets.)”

The trend continued in a third quarter in which DF outscored the Lady Demons, 25-2, with L-E’s only points coming from a Jean basket from inside the paint area to make it a 45-9 game with 4:40 to play in the third quarter.

L-E’s most productive quarter would be the final one as the Lady Demons received field goals from Jean, who led the home side with six points, Ebonie Ross and Natasha McKenzie.

On a night in which DF went outside the lane to score six of its 30 baskets, Duncan said her team’s miscues and lack of execution played a role in the Silver Foxes’ success.

“We’re still trying to execute. It’s the small things that are killing us,” she said. “When we’re underneath the basket, we have to make those shots and we have to put a body on somebody when we’re boxing out and rebounding. Basic fundamental basketball is really hurting us right now.”

 

DF (79): Olivia Sanders 3 2-3 8, Madison Golden 3 4-4 10, Olivia Anderson 7 3-3 17, Jenna Mills 2 2-2 6, Wareanna Butler 4 0-1 8, Denikwa Anderson 0 1-2 1, Jenna Mills 4 0-0 9, Jennifer Bishop 1 2-2 4, Jayla Monroe 0 1-4 1, Darien Dean 1 1-2 3, Meghan Murphy 4 0-0 9, Jayla Eskew 1 1-1 3. Totals: 30 17-24 79

L-E (16): Megan Jean 3 0-0 6, Aiyana Gaines 1 1-2 3, Caitlyn Simon 1 0-0 2, Jayla Sullivan 0 0-2 0, Ebonie Ross 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Sexton 0 0-2 0, Saige McLeod 0 0-1 0, Natasha McKenzie 1 1-2 3, Jamia Bracey 0 0-1 0. Totals: 7 2-10 16

Score by quarters: First: DF, 18-4; Halftime: DF, 38-7; Third: DF, 63-9; Three-point goals: DF 2 (Murphy, Mills), L-E none

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