By Tom Bone
For The Register-Herald
Countering a fast Shady Spring squad with shut-down defense, the PikeView Panthers picked up their fifth win in their first six games Friday night, beating the Tigers 78-38 in Gardner.
PikeView’s girls in the paint, Courtney White and Lyndsay Hatfield, put on a rebounding clinic and finished with nine and eight boards respectively, in only three quarters of work.
PikeView head coach Karen Miller said, “They were getting in the right position to box out. I tell the girls, you’ve got to take pride in your defense, and boxing out is just part of it. ... That’s where games are won, on that defensive end. If you love to play defense, it’ll turn your offense.”
Madison May, whose 16 points were the most in the game, said, “If we didn’t have them getting the rebounds, we’d lose games. ... Courtney and Lyndsay are just awesome.”
Shady Spring (1-4) went six minutes without a field goal in the middle of the game as PikeView (5-1) opened up a 34-19 lead. The Tigers had 16 turnovers at that point.
Shady Spring head coach Brandon Bennett said the drought was a result of “a lot of ball pressure, and we knew that was coming.”
“We turned it over more than we wanted to, but I think what really got us was, in the second half, our defense broke down a little bit, and they started hitting some outside shots. Once those outside shots started falling, we were in trouble.”
The Tigers drew within 36-26 with 4:42 on the clock in the third quarter, but PikeView closed out the period with 12 straight points and were never threatened after that.
Point guard Kelsea Collins led the Tigers with 12 points, and freshman center Abby Gwinn led all rebounders with 16.
PikeView’s Brittany Moore had 14 points and three assists. Lauryn Hatfield had four of the Panthers’ 10 steals in the game. Lyndsay Hatfield added 12 points.
Shady Spring (1-4)
McKenzie Severt 0 0-2 0, Morgan Hylton 4 1-2 10, Brooklyn Meador 0 1-2 1, Kelsea Collins 5 2-7 12, Abby Gwinn 3 3-6 9, Keyla Chitwood , Morgan Brown 1 0-0 2, Bre Bevil 1 0-0 2, Rebecca Rhudy 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 7-18 38.
Brittany Moore 6 0-2 14, Madison May 6 4-5 16, Hailee Fralin 1 0-0 2, Lauryn Hatfield 4 0-2 9, Crysta Meekins 3 1-2 8, Maranda Keaton 1 2-2 4, Katelyn Odle 1 0-0 2, Lyndsay Hatfield 5 2-2 12, Courtney White 3 2-4 8, Kaleigh Peyton 1 0-0 3. Totals 31 11-19 78.
SS 10 8 10 10 — 38
P 18 12 25 23 — 78
3-point goals: SS 1 (Hylton), PV 5 (Moore 2, Lauryn Hatfield 1, Meekins 1, Peyton 1). Total fouls: SS 14, PV 15. Fouled out: none.Ϸ
By Tom Bone
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