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home : sports : sports May 29, 2016

12/19/2012 11:09:00 PM
Lady Pioneers beat Martinsville, 54-31
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

A much better all-around effort is what Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team needed and that's what they got Tuesday night.

The Lady Pioneers jumped on visiting Martinsville early and rolled to a 54-31 victory in non-conference action to stop a four-game losing streak.

"After Monday's loss (to Dieterich), we talked about playing with heart and intensity and being focused," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "We haven't had that since the Shrine Game, but tonight, we came out with that intensity and got a win we needed."

Palestine-Hutsonville left little doubt about the outcome in the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Nicole Kiger hit a three-pointer just over a minute into the game to give the Lady Pioneers a 3-0 lead and they were never headed. Martinsville closed the gap to one on a couple of occasions, but Palestine-Hutsonville closed the first quarter on a 17-0 run to take a 23-5 lead after the first eight minutes.

Martinsville got as close as 16 in the second quarter, but Palestine-Hutsonville again had a big run to end the period, this time scoring 13 of the final 15 points of the half to take a 38-11 lead at halftime.

The Lady Pioneers put it on cruise control in the second half, as their lead got as high as 32 in the third quarter before settling for a 46-19 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Martinsville actually outscored Palestine-Hutsonville 12-8 in the fourth quarter, but the outcome had long been determined.

Palestine-Hutsonville picked up the easy win despite another poor night shooting the ball. The Lady Pioneers made just 22-77 field goal attempts (29 percent), which included an 18-66 effort from two-point range (27 percent) and a 4-11 performance from three-point range (36 percent). Martinsville shot about the same, but with much lower totals. The Lady Bluestreaks connected on 13-45 shots from the floor (29 percent), including 10-36 inside the arc (28 percent) and 3-9 from long distance (33 percent). Palestine-Hutsonville was also 6-14 at the free throw line (43 percent), while Martinsville was 2-2 at the charity stripe (100 percent).

A big factor in the game was the defense of Palestine-Hutsonville, which forced 30 Martinsville turnovers, 22 of which came on steals, with many of them converted into baskets on the other end. Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers only committed nine turnovers themselves and outrebounded Martinsville, 48-43.

"Every girl contributed for us tonight, whether it was scoring or rebounding or making steals," Blank said. "When I go to my bench, I am confident all the girls can do something good for us."

McKenna Elder topped Palestine-Hutsonville with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Calee Fulling posted 11 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Nicole Kiger totaled 11 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, Siera Roach netted six points and six rebounds, Emily Nehls contributed four points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists, Leslie Churchwell registered three points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, Kiley Rariden added two points, four rebounds and two steals and Taci Newlin had two points, three steals and two assists.

"McKenna is a good shooter when she is set," Blank said. "She has worked hard in practice and in games, so I gave her an opportunity to start tonight and she did a good job. Emily works so hard for us on defense and Leslie did a good job pressuring up top tonight. The games we have won, we had two or three girls in double figures like tonight. Everybody has to come ready to play and when we do, we have won some games."

Martinsville was led by Sierra Toner with 11 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Desrea Cook posted 11 points, six rebounds and one assist.

Palestine-Hutsonville also won the junior varsity game, 18-12.

Rariden led the Lady Pioneers with seven points, Newlin tossed in five, Becky Mendenhall scored four and Autumn Knoblett added two.

Palestine-Hutsonville (7-9) has completed the 2012 portion of their schedule. The Lady Pioneers will next play at Red Hill for a Little Illini Conference contest Jan. 3 at 6:15 p.m.

"It was nice to a get a win before the break," Blank said. "We have got a chance to win more games after the break, but we have to play four quarters of basketball and we haven't been doing that lately. We'll take a few days off, but hopefully they will come back ready to work hard and get ready for the second half."



At Palestine

Martinsville 5 6 8 12 - 31

Palestine-Hutsonville 23 15 8 8 - 54



MARTINSVILLE (31)

Caitlin Kannmacher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Shawna Washburn 1-5 0-0 0-0 2, Taylor Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Sierra Toner 4-11 1-3 0-0 11, Marissa Morris 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brittney Davison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Desrea Cook 4-7 1-4 0-0 11, Makayla Morris 0-1 1-2 0-0 3, Rachel Ballew 1-7 0-0 0-0 2, Sierra Payne 0-5 0-0 2-2 2, TOTALS 10-36 2FG, 3-9 3FG, 2-2 FT, 31 TP.

PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (54)

Nicole Kiger 3-5 1-4 2-4 11, Calee Fulling 4-10 0-0 3-6 11, Leslie Churchwell 1-8 0-2 1-1 3, Emily Nehls 2-7 0-0 0-0 4, McKenna Elder 3-8 3-4 0-0 15, Kiley Rariden 1-6 0-0 0-2 2, Taci Newlin 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Katie Williams 0-6 0-0 0-0 0, Siera Roach 3-14 0-0 0-1 6, TOTALS 18-66 2FG, 4-11 3FG, 6-14 FT, 54 TP.

Turnovers - MHS 30, PHHS 9. Team fouls - MHS 14, PHHS 9. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (MHS 43) Toner 11, Ballew 7, Mar. Morris 6, Cook 6, Mak. Morris 5. (PHHS 48) Fulling 13, Churchwell 6, Williams 6, Roach 6, Kiger 5, Elder 5, Rariden 4, Nehls 3. Steals - (MHS 5) Toner 3, Reynolds, Mak. Morris. (PHHS 22) Fulling 4, Churchwell 4, Kiger 3, Nehls 3, Elder 3, Newlin 3, Rariden 2. Assists - (MHS 9) Toner 5, Ballew 2. (PHHS 11) Churchwell 3, Nehls 3, Kiger 2, Newlin 2, Williams. Blocked shots - (MHS 10) Payne 10. (PHHS 4) Fulling 3, Williams.

Junior Varsity

Martinsville 3 4 1 4 - 12

Palestine-Hutsonville 2 2 9 5 - 18

Highlights - (PHHS) Becky Mendenhall 4 points; Autumn Knoblett 2 points; Taci Newlin 5 points; Kiley Rariden 7 points.

Next game - Palestine-Hutsonville (7-9) will play at Red Hill Jan. 3 at 6:15 p.m.







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