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Roller coaster Shoot Out ride for Lady Pilgrims

January 7, 2014
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PLYMOUTH – It was a roller coaster ride Saturday for Plymouth’s Lady Pilgrims but one that will hopefully pay a few late season dividends. Plymouth split decisions hosting their Shoot Out at Plymouth High School, falling to Norwell in game one 48-39 and returning at night to defeat Indianapolis Brebeuf 49-38.

Plymouth 49, Brebeuf 38

It was simply too much Hunter Stevens for Brebeuf in game two of the Plymouth Shoot Out as the Plymouth junior hit for a game high 19 points, tied for game high with six rebounds and added a pair of assists and steals just for good measure.

“She had a really good game,” said Plymouth head coach Dave Duncan. “We have been trying to get our kids to realize that when she gets the ball over at the elbow they need to open up that side a little bit for her. She made a lot of things happen.”

Along with Stevens the rest of the Lady Pilgrims shook off the dust of a nearly two week holiday lay off with a strong showing in game two on Saturday night. A sluggish start in game on on Saturday against Norwell doomed Plymouth but it led to an energetic approach from the opening tip in the night cap.

“The second half of the Norwell game was kind of a wake up call,” said Duncan “We had a nice carryover.”

Also carrying over was the defensive play of Plymouth’s Allie Wright. The junior guard had an outstanding game defensively in game one and provided more of the same in game two. Plymouth was able to frustrate the Brebeuf offense early and often.

“It starts with Allie up on the ball,” said Duncan. “You can see when somebody goes up and puts pressure on the ball nobody can do what she does. In the fourth quarter we didn’t do a real good job of finding (Brebeuf’s) shooter so we put Allie on her I thought she made the difference on the defensive end.”

Duncan’s offense also got a shot in the arm.

“When we run our stuff we do a pretty good job when we get flustered and let a defense dictate what we do on the floor it doesn’t go as well,” said Duncan. “I thought we were able to do a good job adjusting to what they did defensively.

“We have two games this week and any time you can come off the break we had and get a win it’s a positive. We need that going into that stretch.”

Norwell 48, Plymouth 39

Getting back in the swing of the season took awhile for both Plymouth and Norwell as the holiday break led to some sloppy play in game one of the Plymouth Shoot Out.

Both team’s combined for an uncharacteristic 44 total turnovers in the game that saw Norwell jump to a lead as big as 13 only to see the Lady Pilgrims come charging back on more than one occasion. Along with turnovers, hot three point shooting from Norwell was too much for Plymouth to overcome.

“We feel like we have something to build on here,” said Plymouth coach Dave Duncan. “We’ve been off a couple weeks and in that first quareter we did not get after people, we were hesitant. As the game went on we got it down to five and I thought the kids played with some energy at the end there.”

Employing a half court trapping defense in the second half gave Norwell some anxious moments but with Plymouth forced to foul Norwell was able to end the game at the free throw line.

“I think we’re going to have to turn them loose a little bit,” said Duncan of his squad. “We have the type of team we’re going to have turn them loose and let them play.”

Game one Score by Quarters

Norwell 12 26 37 48

Plymouth 4 18 22 39

Norwell (48) – Laken Chaney 3 0-0 8, MacKenzie Sawyer 0 4-6 4, Kaylee Roller 1 2-2 4, Liara Isnogle 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Beer 3 5-6 12, Stephanie Conrad 1 1-2 5, Hanna Smith 3 1-2 9, Quinn Shelton 0 0-0 0, Kacee Strunk 0 4-4 4. Totals 13 17-22 48.

Plymouth (39) – Ashley Harrell 0 2-2 2, Elise Patrick 0 0-0 0, Hunter Stevens 4 1-1 11, Bailey Brown 0 0-0 0, Kaydon Fosler 0 2-2 2, Libbie Portteus 0 0-0 0, Haley Harrell 2 5-8 10, Allie Wright 0 0-0 0, Dylan Holiday 0 0-0 0, Kara Morwood 0 0-0 0, Shannon Stephenson 1 2-2 4, Nicole Horvath 4 2-2 10, Anna Bockman 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 15-18 39.

3Pt. FG – Norwell 5-13 (Smith, Chaney 2), Plymouth 2-10 (Stevens, Harrell).

Rebounds – Norwell 20 (Conrad 6), Plymouth 20 (Horvath 6).

Assists – Norwell 8 (Beer 2), Plymouth 5 (Fosler, Harrell 2).

Steals – Norwell 12 (Beer 4), Plymouth 7 (Fosler 3).

Turnovers – Norwell 20, Plymouth 24.

Game two Score by Quarters

Plymouth 17 30 42 49

Brebeuf 5 17 31 38

Brebeuf (38) – Allison Young 1 2-2 4, Anna Imhoff 6 1-1 17, Tayler Fitts 2 0-2 4, Elizabeth Saunders 2 0-0 4, Maggie Bill 3 0-0 6, Emma Strenaki 0 0-0 0, Ellie Skarbeck 0 0-0 0, Sam Bennett 0 0-0 0, Gracie Medcalfe 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 4-7 38.

Plymouth (49) – Ashley Harrell 0 0-0 0, Elise Patrick 0 0-0 0, Hunter Stevens 8 3-7 19, Bailey Brown 1 0-0 3, Libbie Portteus 0 0-0 0, Kaydon Fosler 4 0-1 8, Haley Harrell 3 2-2 9, Allie Wright 0 1-2 1, Dylan Holiday 0 0-0 0, Kara Morwood 0 0-0 0, Shannon Stephenson 1 0-0 2, Nicole Horvath 3 1-2 7, Anna Bockman 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 7-14 49.

3 Pt. FG – Brebeuf 4-8 (Imhoff 4), Plymouth 2-12 (Brown, Harrell).

Rebounds – Brebeuf 24 (Bill 6), Plymouth 26 (Stevens 6).

Assists – Brebeuf 6 (Saunders 3), Plymouth 11 (Harrell 3).

Steals – Brebeuf 3 (Bill 2), Plymouth 8 (Stevens, Fosler, Harrell, Wright 2).

Turnovers – Brebeuf 18, Plymouth 8.

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