Eustace girls beat Palmer, fall to Malakoff
Posted by : January 26, 2013| On :
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs split their last two games, defeating the Palmer Lady Bulldogs, 54-34, Jan. 18, but falling to the Malakoff Lady Tigers, 53-50, Tuesday.
In Palmer, Eustace Kacie Richards scored 23 points to lead the Lady ’Dogs to the win.
“I thought that we came out ready to play and that is why we were successful on offense and defense,” Eustace head coach DaLinda Cassell said. “We played with a lot of intensity and moved the ball with a purpose.”
Eustace jumped out to a 15-7 first-period lead, and by halftime had a 35-21 advantage.
Both defenses clamped down in the third period, with Eustace being held to eight points and Palmer to just four.
The final period saw Eustace extend their lead by two more points, outscoring Palmer 11-9.
Cassell pointed to defensive pressure and teamwork as key components in the win.
“I feel that our pressure took them out of their offensive rhythm and this gave us easy points,” she commented. “I was very pleased with our effort and teamwork.”
She also pointed to an aggressive offense that consistently plagued the Palmer defense.
“We were attacking the gaps making the defense work and took great shots,” she explained.
Casey Bramblitt scored nine points for Eustace, and Taylor Peebles added seven points.
Sheyenne Merrell and Chelsea scored four points each against Palmer.
In Malakoff Tuesday, a slow start and a passive third period by the lady Bulldogs helped Malakoff gain a 53-50
“I thought that we came out sluggish and just going through the motions. Malakoff jumped out on us, 7-0, in the first few minutes of the game,” Cassell said.
“In the third quarter we didn’t come out ready and gave them two easy baskets back to back and didn’t score until the last three minutes of the quarter. We were not looking shoot or attack the basket. We were playing passive,” she added.
Malakoff held a 13-8 lead after the first period.
In the second period, Eustace’s offense charged to life, scoring 18 points. The Lady Bulldog defense, however, allowed Malakoff 17 points in the second, making the score 30-26 in favor of Malakoff at halftime.
Malakoff outscored Eustace 11-5 in the third period.
Eustace played a powerful fourth period in an attempt to close the gap and take a win.
“In the fourth quarter we had a sense of urgency about ourselves and scored 19 and held them to 12,” Cassell said. “The reason why we were successful this quarter is because my guards looked to score and we hit three three-pointers back to back.”
Richards led the Eustace offense with 16 points, and Bramblitt followed with 12.
Merrell scored eight points, while Cravey and Grace Holcombe each scored five points.
“Sheyenne Merrell did I a great job of finishing down low for us and flashing hard in the middle of the paint,” Cassell commented.
“Merrell and Grace Holcombe did a great job for us coming off the bench and being huge contributors. Casey Bramblitt played a great game and hit four threes, Alexis Cravey did a good job defensively for us and in the fourth quarter she became an offensive threat,” she added.
“We picked up our intensity on defense and had them turn the ball over. I was very proud of their effort, and they fought hard in the fourth quarter to try and win the game.”
Eustace hosted the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Friday and will travel to Red Oak Tuesday.