By Rob Potter
JEFFERSONVILLE December 8, 2000 A second quarter scoring burst proved to be a key factor in the contest as Sullivan West/Jeffersonville-Youngsville defeated Chapel Field Wednesday night in the the first round of the J-Y Tip-Off Classic.
After the Lady Trojans and Lady Lions battled to an 8-8 tie at the end of the first quarter, the hosts outscored Chapel Field (0-1) in the second quarter by a 13-4 margin.
SW/J-Y (2-0) used its quickness and defense in the period, which led to several easy hoops. Following a steal with the last handful of seconds draining from the clock, SW/J-Ys Christina Winski dribbled upcourt and then calmly stopped at the three point line and swished a shot as the buzzer sounded.
That three-pointer gave us the cushion we needed, SW/J-Y Coach Ron Bernhardt said of Winskis accurate shot, which gave the Lady Trojans a 21-12 halftime advantage. They put a lot of pressure on us the second half, but couldnt get closer than three points.
Another key to victory for the Lady Trojans was the play of Tiffany Hauser. A sophomore who saw limited varsity action last season, Hauser took several passes from her teammates and turned them into short jumpers and lay-ups in the lane. Eight of Hausers game-high 18 points came in the fourth quarter.
Chapel Field coach Mike Bonagura noted that his team couldnt get the ball past half court because of their full-court pressure in the first half.
In the second half, we were able to get the ball past half court and get into our offense, Bonagura said. And when we do that, were successful. But Jeff played a heck of a game. They dont miss open jumpers and that was the story of the game.
Although the season is very young, Bernhardt is pleased with how his team is playing.
Were very happy to be 2-0, he commented. Were still a work in progress, but we have a quick, strong and intelligent group of girls who hustle and compete.
In addition to Hauser, Winski and Shelisa Duquette both hit double figures for the Lady Trojans. Winski netted 11 points on the evening, while Duquette recorded 10.
For Chapel Field, Shannon Kelly scored 12 points and Ambre Wilson netted 10.
With the victory, SW/J-Y moves on to face Roscoe at 7 p.m. tonight in the tournaments championship game. Chapel Field, meanwhile, will meet Liberty in the 5:30 p.m. consolation game.
Second Quarter is Key
Like the Lady Trojans, the Roscoe Lady Blue Devils used a second quarter scoring binge to carry them to victory Wednesday evening.
After Liberty (0-1) grabbed a 7-6 lead at the end of the games first eight minutes, Roscoe (3-1) started its fast break in the second period. In one four minute stretch, Roscoes Danielle Austin converted a pair of layups and Jenna Bowers also made a layup following a Liberty turnover to turn a small advantage into a 22-12 lead just over a minute before halftime.
Although the Lady Indians attempted to close the gap in the second half, Roscoe met the challenge and even extended its lead to nearly 20 points.
We had kind of rocky start, Roscoe Coach Becky Ahart said. But then we got our feet under us. And we were able to substitute our players well to find the best contributors for each situation.
Ahart added that Liberty did a good job in the first quarter and played their game in that stanza.
Liberty Coach Ted Crowley said that his team had a great effort tonight but couldnt overcome that second quarter surge by the Lady Blue Devils.
I thought we were right there (early), but that second quarter was totally different, he said. We got beat down the court a few times.
Leading the Roscoe offense were Danielle Austin, who scored a game-high 18 points, Kelly Ahart (eight points) and Jenna Bowers (seven points).
Andrea TerBush led the Liberty scoring attack with 15 points, which included a trio of three-point shots.