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Triton, OD cruise into Sectional 51 semis

February 12, 2014

BOURBON — Oregon-Davis and Triton boiled down basketball to its simplest objective Tuesday — score points and lots of them.
In the Class A Girls Basketball Sectional 51 opener at The Trojan Trench, senior point guard Ashley Campbell paced four Lady Cats in double figures with a game-high 35 points to lead top-ranked OD to a 73-55 victory over South Central.
Meanwhile, host Triton, guided by junior guard Kylie Mason’s game-leading 21 points, landed all nine of its players in the scoring column en route to a 72-28 pounding of LaCrosse in the nightcap.
Defending sectional champion OD moves on to face Culver Community at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Bourbon, followed by Triton and Argos at 8 p.m.

OREGON-DAVIS 73, SOUTH CENTRAL 55
Even with a three-minute stall in the third quarter the Lady Cats still topped the 70-point plateau.
With OD protecting a 47-33 lead and South Central sitting in a 3-2 zone with five minutes left in the third frame, the normally full-throttle Cats pulled out the ball.
Campbell stood dribbling the basketball just a few paces from the OD bench off the right sideline, until the 3:30 mark when she passed off to Jessica Avarone near the center circle. Avarone quickly returned the ball to Campbell who held it until the Satellites came out in a man-to-man defense 90 seconds later. Campbell immediately took the ball straight to the rim for her 27th point of the game.
“We were prepared to go into the fourth quarter,” OD head coach Terry Minix said. “We were prepared to take the last shot of the third quarter.
“We had the lead and we had some foul trouble; Lexi (Minix) picked up two quick fouls,” he added. “Our reason for spreading the floor was two fold — get (South Central) to come out on us because we’re better against man, and it gave us a chance to save our legs because we weren’t doing a lot of subbing.”
• OREGON-DAVIS 73, SOUTH CENTRAL 55
At Bourbon
Score by quarters
OD: 22 37 52 73
SC: 14 26 35 55
OD (73): Taylor Kranenburg 0 0-0 0, Ashley Campbell 12 6-7 35, Alicia McIntosh 3 3-6 10, Riley Trott 0 0-0 0, Jessica Avarone 4 0-1 11, Kendra Sauer 1 0-0 2, Lexi Minix 2 1-2 5, Ashley Clark 0 0-0 0, Haley Collings 5 0-0 10, Alexandria Bope 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27 10-16 73.
SC (55): Olivia Tolman 2 3-3 7, Micah Hatley 0 0-0 0, Morgan Wright 0 0-0 0, Madison Tomblin 2 0-0 4, Taylor Johnson 0 1-2 1, Riley Popplewell 10 4-5 24, Hannah Howell 1 0-1 2, Jill Rosenbaum 5 4-6 17. TOTALS: 20 12-17 55.
3-point goals: OD 9 (Campbell 5, Avarone 3, McIntosh), SC 3 (Rosenbaum); Turnovers: OD 16, SC 24; Rebounds: OD 38 (Avarone 7), SC 38 (Popplewell 12); Assists: OD 15 (McIntosh 7), SC 4; Steals: OD 16 (Campbell 6), SC 3; Fouls (fouled out): OD 16 (none), SC 15 (none); Records: OD 17-2, SC 13-8 (final).

TRITON 72, LaCROSSE 28
After watching LaCrosse torch his team’s first-quarter zone defense with four 3-pointers — including three straight to pull to 14-12 — Triton head coach Adam Heckaman burned a timeout to address the situation.
The Trojans resumed play in a man-to-man defense, holding the Tigers scoreless from the field over the next nine minutes and running off a decisive 24-2 rampage.
“We switched up and went man to man,” Heckaman, whose team notched 34 points off 29 LaCrosse turnovers, said. “We started playing our zone that we’ve been working on, but for some reason we were not working hard and were not picking up their shooters. When we went to man we picked up the intensity. Our defense then led into our offense.”
Even with LaCrosse employing a box-and-one against Mason at the start of the game the Triton junior still found plenty of scoring chances in transition, finishing 9 of 11 from the field and swiping six steals. Once the Tigers lost Mason in transition for her lone bomb of the night early in the second quarter, the visitors scrapped the hybrid defense in favor of a 3-2 zone.
“We have enough kids to step up and score that it makes it hard to box us, although some teams have done it successfully,” Heckaman said. “I think Krystal (Sellers) hit a 3 and Taylor (Hatfield) hit a 3. Our kids know that if they spend the time to work for a shot that we’re hard to guard.”

• TRITON 72, LaCROSSE 28
At Bourbon
Score by quarters
LaCrosse: 24 38 52 72
Triton: 12 14 22 28
LaCROSSE (28): Elizabeth Risk 0 0-0 0, Naomi Culver 1 0-0 3, Sierra Pressel 0 0-0 0, Hannah Terry 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Bruder 0 0-0 0, Callie McDougal 0 0-0 0, Alissa Tucker 3 0-0 9, Jessica Bruder 1 0-0 2, Shelby Heavilin 0 0-0 0, Katie Vance 5 4-11 14, Jailynn Goodwin 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 10 4-11 28.
TRITON (72): Allie Kann 1 0-1 2, Taylor Hatfield 4 1-1 11, Hannah Jennings 4 2-2 10, Krystal Sellers 3 2-2 9, Becca Kennedy 3 0-1 7, Kylie Mason 9 2-2 21, Mallorie Jennings 2 2-2 6, Jaela Meister 0 3-6 3, Lauren Hostrawser 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 27 13-19 72.
3-point goals: LaCrosse 4 (Tucker 3, Culver), Triton 5 (Hatfield 2, Sellers, Kennedy, Mason); Turnovers: LaCrosse 29, Triton 15; Rebounds: LaCrosse 21 (Vance 4), Triton 23 (M. Jennings 4); Assists: LaCrosse 5, Triton 13 (Sellers 5); Steals: LaCrosse 5, Triton 17 (Mason 6); Fouls (fouled out): LaCrosse 12 (none), Triton 10 (none); Records: LaCrosse 6-13 (final), Triton 14-6.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's edition of the Pilot News.

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