Greyhounds Clash With Indians.
J. C. Tilton
Early on it was plain to see that the game would come down to the outside shooting of Carlisle against the Lady Greyhound post players. The team that could shutdown the other and exploit their own strengths would prevail. In the first quarter Carlisle showed that they could hit from outside, so Dixie made some defensive adjustments to put more pressure on their outside shooters. Meanwhile Carlisle was doing a good job of allowing Dixie one shot and grabbing the rebound on missed shots. One portend of things to come was Randi Salyers picking up 2 fouls early. The advantage at the end of the first quarter went to Carlisle who were up 13-9.
The second quarter was a seesaw quarter. Carlisle extended their lead to 7 before Dixie regained momentum and closed the gap about midway thru the quarter. Dixie stayed on the tail of the Indians and finally passed them in the last minute to go into the locker room up 26-24. The lead was exchanged in the third quarter. Dixie was trying to drive inside the Carlisle defense and the effort was being rewarded with points. Dixie had the lead early in the 4th quarter, but Carlisle surged and pulled to within one point at the midpoint of the quarter. The excitement level in the gym was incremental as Carlisle was closing the gap. Randi Salyers foul woes continued as she got her 4th foul - she would have to turn down the intensity for the remainder of the game. But Randi Bargo got a critical putback at this point to extend the Dixie to three. Then on succeeding Dixie possessions Dunn hit a trey and a shot from the field to extend the lead to 8 points. Now it was time for Dixie to go into a slow down. Carlisle responded with vigorous defensive pressure, but it was not enough as Dixie hung on for the victory.
When asked for comment after the game, Coach Money thought that, “This was the most complete game all year. We cut down on turnovers tremendously, we shot the ball well, foul shooting left something to be desired - we'll work on that tomorrow. They played hard, give Carlisle credit they played hard too, but we figured out a way in the second half. Hopefully this will be a catalyst for the [Holiday] tournament next week.” When asked about the team matchups - Carlisle's outside shooting vs. Dixie's inside game. Coach Money responded, “From the 3 point line Carlisle was 3 for 9 in the first half so we changed up our zone a little.” This change was effective as it put more defensive pressure on the outside and Carlisle would only hit one trey in the second half.
Scoring for Dixie: Kelhoffer 4, Bargo 6, Salyer 5, Dunn 22, Millikin 3, York 11. Dixie Reserves won handily 43-17, their record is now 3-4. Williams 2, Vonbehren 3, Frizzell 1, Pappas 8, Gara 8, Barnes 3, Cummins 12.
Next up for Dixie is the Holiday tournament on Dec. 29th and 30th. Dixie will open against TVS in the early game on Wednesday. Comments: email: Chris Tilton