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Saints leave Panthers behind

December 14, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Saint James Margaret Bacon (center) fights to hold onto the ball under defensive pressure from Hancocks Kelly Edgerton (14) during Tuesdays girls basketball game at Hancock. Watching the play is Saint James Lisle Bruns (11) and Hancocks Tiffany Younker (back center), Maureen Leavy (42) and Alisa Shives (24).
Submitted photo by Tammy Wills

HANCOCK — For a second straight night, Hancock’s girls basketball team dug a first-quarter hole the Panthers couldn’t get out of.

Saint James’ best quarter on Tuesday night was the first quarter. The Saints made 7 of 17 shots and 4 of 5 free throws to build an 18-7 lead and never trailed in a 46-33 victory.

“We were down 11-0 (Monday against Broadfording) and lost by two (40-38),” Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. “We just don’t start very fast.”

The Saints (4-1) played well both in transition and in their halfcourt sets in the opening eight minutes, finding open players with crisp passes to set up several baskets. Taylor Deveaux and Kayla Peterson each scored six points and Margaret Bacon added five points and two beautiful assists in the quarter.

“The girls are actually playing fundamental basketball,” Saint James coach Shawn Burgener said. “At least one-fourth of every practice, we drive home fundamentals. We were creating passing lanes.”

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Saint James maintained its advantage by pounding the boards, outrebounding the Panthers, 51-36. Deveaux finished with nine rebounds, Peterson had eight and Jordan Wills added five.

“After the loss to Heritage (45-33 on Dec. 3), we found rebounding was a problem,” Burgener said. “We’re working that into every practice.”

Hancock (0-4) cut the lead to 29-23 on Maureen Leavy’s offensive rebound and putback with about five minutes left in the third quarter, but failed to score the rest of the period while the Saints used a 6-0 run to push the lead to 12 entering the fourth.

Saint James finished 18-for-58 on field goals and 10-for-19 from the foul line. Peterson led the way with 15 points and added three steals. Deveaux finished with eight points and Wills and Bacon each added seven points.

Hancock went 13-for-55 on field goals and 5-for-14 from the foul line. Leavy had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Tiffany Younker added 10 points, but the rest of the team scored just 11 points.

“We’re not getting the play we think we should be getting from some of our players,” Rocky Wills said. “There could be some changes Thursday (against Paw Paw).”

JV: Hancock, 50-7 (H: Kristen Shoemaker 17 points; SJ: Rose Chiumento 5 points).

Saint James 46, Hancock 33

SAINT JAMES (4-1)

Deveaux 4 0-1 8, Bacon 3 1-1 7, Bruns 1 1-2 3, K. Peterson 6 3-4 15, Wills 2 3-6 7, Fahey 1 0-0 2, L. Peterson 1 0-0 2, Goodie 0 0-1 0, Tilsworth 0 2-2 2. Totals 18-58 10-19 46.

HANCOCK (0-4)

Shives 2 1-2 5, Leavy 6 0-1 12, Wagner 2 1-2 5, Younker 3 2-4 10, Hull 0 1-2 1, Edgerton 0 0-1 0, Himes 0 0-2 0. Totals 13-55 5-14 33.

Saint James 18 9 8 11 — 46

Hancock 7 11 5 10 — 33

3-point goals — Hancock 2 (Younker 2). Rebounds — Saint James 51 (Deveaux 9), Hancock 36 (Leavy 15). Assists — Saint James 9 (K. Peterson 2, Bacon 2, Wills 2), Hancock 6 (Golden 2). Steals — Saint James 8 (K. Peterson 3), Hancock 8 (Himes 2, Wagner 2, Shives 2). Turnovers — Saint James 28, Hancock 26.

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