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Floyd Central's Camry Hinton tries to force a turnover over on Scottsburg's Katie Burch, but Hinton was called for a foul instead. (Photo by Wade Bell)

Lady Highlanders rout Scottsburg

November 26, 2008
In their first game of the new season, the Lady Highlanders of Floyd Central Thursday night buried visiting Scottsburg in a 48-29 rout despite not having a full squad on the bench. Floyd went seven deep for most of the night, but remained in complete domination.

"For three quarters, I thought we played very, very well," Floyd coach Joe Voelker said. "It was kind of nice to be efficient and control the game the way we did. I was just very pleased with how we played and how we did things and how the kids accepted roles. They reacted to their defense and did a nice job of just moving the basketball."

The first five minutes were a bit slow, possibly because of some first-game jitters. Floyd grabbed a 6-1 lead, but Scottsburg found some baskets to stay within four at 11-7. The last two minutes, however, saw a flurry of Floyd threes. Mercades Bierman nailed the first one, then Camry Hinton came off the bench to bury two more in the final minute of the period, as the Lady Highlanders took a 20-11 lead after one quarter.

For those first eight minutes, patience was a key word.

"Part of it, we knew we had to be, down a couple of kids," Voelker said. "We were without some kids that we thought could do a few things for us tonight. I thought we controlled the game very well."

While Scottsburg was having to settle for a free throw here and there in the second quarter, Floyd was finding daylight inside, with Bailey Huber and Hinton both scoring. Katie Burch hit a three for the Warriorettes, but Brigid Morrissey and Morgan Rookstool scored the next five for a 29-16 Floyd lead. The Lady Highlanders increased their lead by one by halftime, 32-18.

"We scored 20 in the first quarter, and I thought we were pretty efficient," he said. "You talk in football about game management. We didn't want to pick up the third foul on anybody in the second quarter. I thought from that point on we did an excellent job of game management, of doing what we needed to to extend the lead for three quarters."

Floyd allowed Scottsburg just one field goal and a pair of freebies in the third, as the Lady Highlander lead ballooned to 46-22. The remainder of the Floyd bench played most of the fourth and had just two points in the eight minutes, but the Lady Highlanders still came out a 48-29 winner.

"Last year, we were playing a lot of sophomores," Voelker said. "This year, they're juniors and we're working on handling the ball a little bit. It was just efficient possessions. I thought the first three quarters we had efficient possessions where we did a good job of handling the basketball."

Hinton came off the bench to lead the Lady Highlanders (1-0) with 14 points with four three-pointers. Morrissey followed with 13 points for Floyd, who committed just 11 turnovers and was 19 of 37 (51 percent) from the field.

"Camry came in and did an extremely nice job," Voelker said. "She handled herself very well. When she was open, she knocked down some shots. I thought we rebounded extremely well. Cassidy (Gedling) had nine and Bailey Hubert had 12 rebounds, 11 for Morgan Rookstool. Our three post kids pulled 32 rebounds combined. I thought they did a very nice job. As the shot went up, they put somebody on their back and went up get it."

The number that hurt was the 5-of-15 free-throw shooting.

"We spent more time on free-throw shooting than ever," Voelker said. "I was extremely disappointed in our free-throw shooting. We put up two points in the fourth quarter. Granted, we were doing a few things and playing a few kids, but we need to do a better job of sticking free throws."

Alli McCarty and Symantha Norton led Scottsburg (1-3) with eight points each. The Warriorettes hit 15 of 24 free throws, but made 17 turnovers and hit just 7 of 31 shots (22 percent) from the field.

"I thought our conditioning was a little lax there late," Voelker said. "The things we didn't do well are correctable things."

Floyd's next game isn't until the day after Thanksgiving, but Voelker said that isn't a bad thing.

"With volleyball, it's probably good for us, because it gives us the extended pre-season that we need before we start playing a lot of games," the Floyd coach said. "We had very few options. The kids did a very nice job just playing. We don't have a whole lot of things in (the system yet)."

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