Lady Bears win

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 16, 2005

ORVILLE – It took almost 32 minutes of pressure defense by the Keith Lady Bears before they could pull away with a 46-24 win over the Marbury Lady Bulldogs on Friday night.

“We wanted this game to be the game that prepares us for R. C. Hatch,” Keith coach Raymond Rucker said. “But I think our girls looked pass this game. It was a win for us and we’ll take it, but it’s sometimes how you win.

“Don’t take anything from Marbury,” Rucker added, “because they came to play.”

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Both teams pressured the ball in the first quarter to create turnovers and keep the score low. The quarter ended in Keith’s favor, 6-4.

Following a Keith basket, Marbury hit a three-pointer early in the second quarter to come within a point.

But Marbury turned the ball over several times in the second quarter as the Lady Bears outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-1 for the remainder of the period and took an 18-8 halftime lead.

Marbury came out the gates early in the third quarter with balanced scoring, aggressive defense, and a 7 &110; 2 run in the first five minutes to close the gap to five. Keith turned things around to finish the quarter up 26 &110; 17. In the 4th quarter Keith spread the floor with their offense, which created some easy baskets and gave them a 10-point advantage 31 &110; 21 with 3:23 left in the game. The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Dawgs 15 &110; 3 the rest of the way. Final score: 46 &110; 24.

"This was a big game for us, because it was an area game,&uot; said Marbury coach Wyteria Simmons. "Keith played a very physical game and we didn’t play as physical as we could.&uot; Both teams committed many turnovers in this contest, but the Keith offense showed up when needed.

Shauntey Gooden led the way for Keith (6 &110; 4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Latoria Gray added 11 and Van Lisa Jones scored 10. Whitney Tew and Jessica Shirley scored 6 points each for Marbury who’s record is 5 &110; 6, 0 &110; 3 in area.