Lady Coyotes open post-break with 2 wins

 

John Verser

Anna McLaughlin, center, battles a pair of South Platte players for the ball in Saturday's game. She scored four points and led the team with six rebounds in the 47-26 victory.

The Potter-Dix defense smothered another opponent on Saturday.

The Lady Coyotes (7-1) held yet another opponent below 30 points as they rolled to a 47-26 win against visiting South Platte. Potter-Dix has held five of its opponents to 30 or fewer points on the season and seven of its eight opponents have not scored 40 points. The Lady Coyotes are 7-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 40 points.

"Our press and half court defense created many turnovers which made it hard for them to get into their half court offense and also we only gave up one layup in transition," Potter-Dix coach Jeff Einspahr said. "Our defense has been a positive for our team this year. We work hard in practice on our presses and half court defense everyday."

Potter-Dix held a 9-5 first quarter lead and added to that advantage in the second period. The Lady Coyotes led 17-7 with 3:22 left in the first half and went up 19-9 on a jumper from Savannah Shaw. They led 20-11 at the break.

Anna McLaughlin's jumper started the second half scoring for a 22-11 advantage, and added another jumper for a 24-14 lead at the 3:45 mark of the third quarter. The second McLaughlin jumper started a 9-1 Potter-Dix run to end the third quarter. The Lady Coyotes also had baskets from Alexus Rozelle and Dawson Sharman, and a putback from Cortney Lewis extended the lead to 30-15. A Brooke Glass free throw gave the Lady Coyotes a 31-15 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Sharman led the Lady Coyotes with 12 points, while Rozelle added nine.

Potter-Dix was without point guard and leading scorer Audrey Juelfs in the two games to open play after the break, and Einspahr was pleased with how his team responded in her absence.

"The whole team stepped up their game while Audrey has been out, specifically Dawson Sharman moved into Audrey's point guard position against Bayard and South Platte and did an excellent job for us," Einspahr said.

According to Einspahr, the Lady Coyotes' hard work over the break paid off with the 2-0 start.

"The girls worked hard in practice over break to stay in shape and focused on their game," he said.

Score by quarter

South Platte 5 6 4 11 - 26

Potter-Dix 9 11 11 16 - 47

Points

Dawson Sharman 12, Alexus Rozelle 9, Brooke Glass 8, Savannah Shaw 5, Payge Hoffman 4, Anna McLaughlin 4, Trinity Langley 3, Cortney Lewis 2.

Rebounds

Anna McLaughlin 6, Alexus Rozelle 5, Cortney Lewis 3, Savannah Shaw 3, Brooke Glass 2, Payge Hoffman 2, Dawson Sharman 2, Trinity Langley 1.

Assists

Trinity Langley 2, Dawson Sharman 1, Alexus Rozelle 1, Brooke Glass 1, Savannah Shaw 1.

Steals

Dawson Sharman 4, Anna McLaughlin 4, Alexus Rozelle 3, Brooke Glass 2, Trinity Langley 2, Payge Hoffman 2, Savannah Shaw 2.

Blocks

Anna McLaughlin 1.

Potter-Dix 41, Bayard 26

Potter-Dix pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 41-26 win at Bayard last Friday.

The Lady Coyotes led by seven entering the fourth period when they outscored Bayard 13-5. Potter-Dix led 5-4 after the first quarter and 16-12 at halftime. The Lady Coyotes held a 28-21 lead heading into the final quarter.

Rozelle had a double-double to lead the Lady Coyotes with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. McLaughlin added 12 points, while Sharman scored 10 points.

Potter-Dix travels Tuesday to Kimball and Friday to Leyton, before returning home to host Hay Springs on Saturday.

Score by quarter

Potter-Dix 5 11 12 13 - 41

Bayard 4 8 9 5 - 26

Points

Alexus Rozelle 14, Anna McLaughlin 12, Dawson Sharman 10, Savannah Shaw 2, Cortney Lewis 2, Brooke Glass 1.

Rebounds

Alexus Rozelle 10, Anna McLaughlin 7, Savannah Shaw 6, Dawson Sharman 5, Trinity Langley 3, Brooke Glass 3, Payge Hoffman 3, Cortney Lewis 2.

Assists

Savannah Shaw 3, Alexus Rozelle 3, Dawson Sharman 3, Trinity Langley 2, Anna McLaughlin 2, Brooke Glass 1.

Steals

Anna McLaughlin 7, Dawson Sharman 4, Alexus Rozelle 3, Savannah Shaw 2, Payge Hoffman 2, Trinity Langley 1, Brooke Glass 1, Cortney Lewis 1.

Blocks

Dawson Sharman 2, Anna McLaughlin 1, Trinity Langley 1, Savannah Shaw 1, Alexus Rozelle 1, Cortney Lewis 1.

John Verser

Lady Coyote Cortney Lewis, left, looks to break past a South Platte defender in Saturday's game. She scored two points in the win.

 

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