Lady Bobcats use hard work, defense for win

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Bobcats' Megan Donahoe looks for help during the second half of Tuesday's win against Marshall.

BERRYVILLE -- The senior Lady Bobcats (3-2) opened their game on Tuesday night against Marshall on a 10-2 run and never looked back, as they defeated the Marshall Bobcats 58-26.

"We played really well," head coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I was really proud of our girls."

And proud he should be, as the Cats were up 24 points at halftime.

Once again, Cats' interior game played a vital role throughout the game.

"It was part of our game plan," Cornelison said. "We knew from our scouting report that we had to be more aggressive. We simply had to get the ball in to our post players."

The ball movement was questionable at best early in the first quarter, but after a few timeouts and the necessary adjustments by Cornelison, the team settled down and began to execute better.

"We started to execute our offense really well," he said. "We began to work hard and play aggressive."

Putting in the necessary time and working hard is an element that Cornelison said he has continuously preached.

"I feel that hard work can overcome any mistakes that we make," he said. "We're working hard each day in practice and it's beginning to transfer over to the games."

Allison Smith was the leading scorer for the team as she put up 12 points.

Megan Donahoe tallied 11; Betzy Boche had 10; McKenna Gerster finished with seven; Britni Smith had four; McKenzie Ruiz and Kaylee Edens both finished the game with three, and four others had two points each.

While the offense came together again, it was the defense that really stepped up their game, as they forced Marshall into bad decisions which led to second-chance points for the Cats.

"I was very pleased with our full and halfcourt sets," Cornelison said. "I was happy with how much we wanted the ball. We try to mix things up so the offense doesn't know what to expect."

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