Meadowview Christian’s Taylor Roberts and Morgan  Academy’s Madison Hulsey fight for a rebound during Saturday night’s game at Meadowview Christian.--Daniel Evans
Meadowview Christian’s Taylor Roberts and Morgan
Academy’s Madison Hulsey fight for a rebound during Saturday night’s game at Meadowview Christian.-- Daniel Evans

Lady Trojans hold off Lady Senators

Published 11:11pm Saturday, January 4, 2014

After trailing for a large portion of the first half, the Meadowview Christian Lady Trojans rallied past Morgan Academy’s Lady Senators 41-33.

Meadowview took a 22-21 lead on a buzzer beating three-pointer by Claudia Kendrick, which allowed the Lady Trojans to take the lead into halftime.

At the break, the Trojans changed defenses and focused in defensively, whcih slowed the Senators in the second half.

“We changed over to a 2-3 defense,” Meadowview head coach Elyse McIntyre said. “They were getting a lot of wing shots, outside shots and we cut down on that. They couldn’t get it inside too much.”

Meadowview’s lead grew to 31-23 early in the second half, but the Senators continued to fight and kept the game within single digits most of the fourth quarter.

Meadowview’s Mallory Freiene made the second of back-to-back layups on fastbreak opportunities with 3:29 left to play and the Trojans built a 41-29 lead.

“I’ve always told them that if they have the opportunity to get it and go, they need to take advantage of it,” McIntyre said of her team’s fastbreak points in the final period.

The Lady Senators were able to close the deficit to 41-33 with 34.2 seconds left, but could not climb any closer.

“They moved well on defense,” Morgan head coach Jennifer Moore said of her team. “They moved well on offense. When they had open shots, they would take them. They played much better.”

Moore said it was the best performance of the year for her team.

She said her team, which is still looking for its first win of the year, may have felt the pressure in a close game in the second half, something they still need to grow used to.

“I’m not really sure this group knows how to win yet,” Moore said. “If they were going to do it, it needed to be tonight, but I think we are still going to have chances to do that [as the season progresses].”

Morgan Academy’s next game is Tuesday at Fort Dale Academy. Meadowview Christian’s next game is at host Sparta Academy Tuesday.

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