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Floyd shipwrecks Lady Pirates, 53-33

December 24, 2008
The Floyd Central girls' basketball team upped its record to 6-1 last Wednesday night as it sent the visiting Charlestown Lady Pirates packing to Davy Jones' locker in a dominating 53-33 win.

Floyd Central sophomore Morgan Rookstool flies between Charlestown's Brittany Bennison, left, and Laci Williams in the second half. Rookstool was fouled on the play. (Photo by Wade Bell)
Floyd coach Joe Voelker said he wasn't worried about a letdown after his team's double-overtime win against North Harrison, but he did admit to being a little worried before the game with less practice time than he had wanted.

"I was more worried about the fact we didn't practice," Voelker said after his win. "Yesterday (Tuesday) they sent us home (because of inclement weather), and trying to beat it, we went early on Monday morning so we had some issues there."

"For not practicing and only getting an hour in Monday before school and getting this one today with no practice yesterday and then in the middle of our final exams, I thought the kids hung in there," he said, "and they battled and did what they needed to do to win the game."

The Lady Highlanders let go with a full broadside against the Lady Pirates, taking an 11-0 lead in the first quarter. Charlestown didn't score until the 2:03 mark, with coach Tony Hall pleading for somebody to score.

"We need a basket from someone," Hall yelled from the sidelines.

Charlestown finally found a backdoor open and got baskets from Alicia Zollman and Chelsea Johns, who pulled the Lady Pirates within four early in the second period. The Charlestown run continued as Jenah Sherrill drilled a three and Zollman went backdoor again for a 14-13 Lady Pirate lead.

Brigid Morrissey scored for Floyd, but Brittany Bennison ripped a three-ball for Charlestown as the lead swapped hands again. Floyd's Camry Hinton went inside and Morrissey followed with a three.

Jennifer Smith added to the Lady Highlander burst, scoring inside. Zollman then put in two freebies for the Lady Pirates, but Smith fired the last shot of the half as the Lady Highlanders took a 26-29 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"Look what I got," Floyd Central's Camry Hinton seems to be saying after the ball pops up into her hands when Charlestown's Morgan Allen (14) turns the ball over in the first half.
"Defensively, we probably didn't change things up like we should have after we got an 11-point lead," Voelker said. "I probably stayed man a little longer than I should have. We've been mixing things up all season long, and we were about to run it out and put some pressure on them and I probably stayed with it a little too long instead of staying with my game plan."

Floyd blew holes in the Lady Pirates' ship following the break, going on a 13-2 run for a 39-21 lead. Charlestown gained only slightly as Amanda Miller scored inside twice, reducing the Lady Pirate deficit to 39-25.

Smith scored the first five points of the fourth period for a 44-25 Floyd lead.

Bennison tried to spark her team with a three-ball but from there the Lady Highlanders put up their sails with a stiff wind and cruised to the 53-33 win.

"They're a good team," Voelker said of the Lady Pirates. "They do things well and they're a very hard-nosed team. They defend and they're a very physical team. In some ways we didn't step up to be physical."

"We won every quarter," he said. "We left a lot of points out there to get, but Charlestown gets a lot of credit for that. They're a very aggressive team and forced a lot of turnovers on us. I thought we could have handled things better."

Smith led the Lady Highlanders with 16 points, and Hinton followed with 10. Floyd was 17 of 42 (40 percent) from the field and 16 of 24 from the free-throw line. The Lady Highlanders kept their turnovers down to 14.

"We didn't do a good job talking or moving our feet down the stretch like we should have," the Floyd coach said. "We had some bad possessions on the defensive end the first half and a couple rushed possessions on the offensive end the first half. We took good shots and we took shots we've been hitting, but when somebody makes a 12-0 run on you, you've got to be a little more patient and push the ball inside. It has to touch one of our inside guys and we didn't do that."

Zollman led the Lady Pirates with 12 points. Charlestown got off just 29 shots, hitting 12 (41 percent) and was 6 of 9 from the free-throw line. The big number came in turnovers with the Lady Pirates committing 29.

"We changed up there in the second quarter when we took the lead back," Voelker said. "We went to more of a man and matched the man a little bit. We wanted to make Miller to have to work for what she got offensively, and we did a pretty good job of that in the first half. She got a few in the second quarter.

"For the most part, I thought the changes in the press kind of wore them a little bit. We got a big 10-second violation, and we got it from seven to 16 pretty quickly," he said.

"Our group has just got to understand they've just got to play and how hard they have to concentrate every possession, and we haven't found that out yet," Voelker said. "I think once we find out and stop giving away possessions, if we can do that over the next six to eight weeks, we can be a very tough team."

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Floyd Central (7-1) went on to defeat Evansville Harrison, 74-63, Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Highlanders will next play at Hoosier Hills Conference foe Jeffersonville Dec. 30.

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