Thursday, January 18, 2007
Rust men down Majors
By CLAUDE VINSON
In a game which saw the Rust College Lady Bearcats battling back from double-digit deficits, they saw the victory slip away in the final few seconds.
Both teams started with a trey each. The same identical shooters came back and stuck a deuce each.
For the first eight minutes the score was never more than one point apart. Then the visitors brought in a pair of three-point specialists and it wasn’t long before Millsaps had a double digit lead.
Near the end of the first half, Helen Wright seemed to hit her stride and began dropping them from long range. Shortly after she had cut the deficit to three, the Rust bench was whistled for a “tech.” But Wright made up for it and ripped it down to even at 29 all. DeAnna Miller joined the production line and the Lady Bearcats escaped the first half with a three- point lead at 35-32.
In the second period, the Lady Majors used a 1-3-1 defense, countering an offensive 3-2 by Rust. Shortly past the 10-minute mark Millsaps really poured it on. With 7.5 left the visitors owned a 12-point lead.
But Wright and Miller, joined now by Katrina Overby, refused to concede.
They attacked the Millsaps defense from every angle. However, the clock was not on their side and the Lady Majors outlasted them in the final seconds to get the 70-67 win.
Wright did her part with 23 total, followed by Overby with 16 and Miller with 15.
Leading the Lady Majors were Marianne Smith with 19, La Reina Adams with 15, Crystal Dickerson with 13 and Leslie Frese with ten.
Second half surge by Bearcats sinks Majors
The nightcap pitting the Majors against the Bearcats got off to a racy start. The Majors picked up an early lead of a couple of points.
Bearcats Marc Phillips and Michael Taylor got their sights aligned and buried four treys which put the hosts ahead 17-11. They kept picking up the pace, upsetting the Majors’ equillibrium. But the visitors did not surrender. Down by 10 at one time, they walked back in it and at 5:47 left they regained the lead 27-26.
When the first period ended Millsaps was in front 41-37, being led by Edrick Montgomery.
During the second half the teams kept pushing each other. The lead see-sawed back and forth a few times before coach Rodney Stennis put together a floor combination which worked. Midway through the period the Bearcats had given him a 20-point lead. After that the Majors were no longer a threat. Rust coasted to a 92-70 win.
Darnell Toy paced the Bearcats with 22, sinking a total of six treys. Dewit Gabrekidan came off the bench and threw in 12. Phillips and Bobby Bardwell rounded out the scoring with 16 and 10, respectively.
Montgomery led the Millsaps shooters with 27, followed by Lorenzo Bailey with 14.
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