Lady 'Hounds pummel Pilot Grove by 28 points

Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Lady Greyhounds' Nicole Bright (22) tries to score over Pilot Grove's Rileigh Corunder. Bright pumped in a game-high 21 points in Sweet Springs' 57-29 victory at the W-K Shootout at State Fair Community College in Sedalia Friday. (Hobby King/The Concordian)

It was a perfect week for the Sweet Springs Lady Greyhounds of Ben Hays.

The Lady Greyhounds edged Green Ridge 52-48 last week Monday and pounded Pilot Grove 57-29 at the W-K Shootout at State Fair Community College in Sedalia Friday.

Sweet Springs 52,

at Green Ridge 48

After playing a lackluster first half, trailing 13-8 after the first quarter and 27-20 at the half, the Lady 'Hounds kicked it up a notch after the intermission.

"We came out sluggish and without much energy," Hays said. "The second half was a different story."

Ashleigh Bright poured in three field goals, Rebecca Tyler five points and Christina Higgins four points, leading the Lady 'Hounds back to tie the game 35-35 going to the final quarter.

Nicole Bright, who had been held scoreless since a first-quarter basket, came alive in the final stanza, hitting three field goals down the stretch.

The Lady 'Hounds also hit seven of eight free-throw attempts to nail down the win.

"It was good to see the la-dies respond that way to a little adversity," Hays said.

Higgins led a balanced scoring attack for the Lady 'Hounds with 12 points. Ashleigh Bright added 10 points, Mikalah Vogelsmeier nine and Rebecca Tyler and Nicole Bright eight each.

"Christina is becoming our most consistent player, and Ashleigh gave us great minutes off the bench," Hays said.

"Mikalah, Rebecca and Ashlyn (Schlatweiler) are doing all the little things that don't show up on the stat sheets."

Nicole Bright also added 14 rebounds and three assists. Higgins had eight boards and Tyler four assists and four steals.

W-K Shootout

State Fair

Community College, Sedalia

Sweet Springs 57,

Pilot Grove 29

The Lady 'Hounds opened a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, then dominated the second quarter to the tune of 17-3, building the lead to 32-12 by halftime.

"We came out looking to the post to take advantage of the height difference," Hays said. "The girls did an outstanding job of getting the ball down low and eliminating turnovers."

Higgins and Ashleigh Bright each had four points in the opening stanza. Ashleigh Bright spurred the second-quarter blitz with seven points, with Higgins six more.

"We rebounded (55) well and played mostly mistake-free for an entire game," Hays said.

The Lady 'Hounds, who held a 40-25 lead through three quarters, were led by Nicole Bright with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Higgins added 15 points and 17 caroms. Ashleigh Bright also had 11 points.

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