PIKETON – Without senior Kara Blanton the Piketon Lady Redstreaks were looking to notch another SVC win over the Adena Lady Warriors, Thursday night, in Piketon.
The Lady Redstreaks made good on their mission using their defense and speed and capitalized on their opponents’ miscues to down the Lady Warriors, 47-29, in a SVC battle.
The win takes the Lady Streaks’ record to 10-3 on the season and 6-2 in the conference. The loss drops the Lady Warrior’s mark to 1-13 on the years and 1-7 in the conference.
“There are no easy wins in this league,” Piketon head coach Brett Coreno said. “We knew coming in they (Adena) were going play hard and they (Adena) were not going to give up and it was that kind of a game.”
The Lady Redstreaks were led by sophomore Grace Lightle with 17 points. Fellow sophomore, Brianna Odel, added eight points to the Piketon cause. The Lady Warriors’ bid for a road conference win was led by Alexis Putnam with 11 points.
The Piketon lead that was at 10 was slashed to six at, 14-8, until Piketon went on a run in the second quarter. The Lady Streaks went on 10-3 run heading into the locker room. The Piketon “D” held the Warriors without a field goal during that run, with all three Adena points coming from the foul line.
After enjoying a double digit lead for most of second quarter and into the third quarter. The Warriors fought back and had the lead down to nine due to a Putnam triple with 6:48 left in the quarter. Then Piketon turned up the heat on both ends of the floor.
“Whenever we’re struggling we like to try to trap or press just to get out blood flowing and the offense going, “Coreno said. We get the girls to feel good about themselves and get some quick, easy layups.
Another Lady Redstreak run was in the making. The lead was back to double digits with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. With 3:44 left in the period the lead had swelled to 12. BY the time the quarter ended the Lady Redstreaks had put together a 15-4 tear to take a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter the lead expanded again as the Lady Streaks put the finishing touches on a SVC win with a matchup with league leading Southeastern looming on next on the Lady Redstreaks schedule.