PDT Sports Contributor
SCIOTOVILLE — The East Lady Tartans beat the Green Lady Bobcats Thursday evening by a score of 50-27. East took advantage of turnovers and were led throughout the night by Shay Brown and Peyton Helpinstein.
The Tartans came out on top during a turnover riddled first quarter, by a score of 16-6. Kaylynn Blizzard led the Bobcats the entire night, scoring 20 of the team’s 27 points and being the sole contributor during most of the first half. Helpinstein hit two early threes to get the Tartans rolling.
By the end of the second quarter the score was 28-13, East. Blizzard had 12 of the 13 first half points for Green. The Bobcats had trouble with their offensive sets throughout the night, as they struggled with ball handling and finding an able scorer besides their number one option. Brown and Helpinstein combined for 21 of the Tartans 28.
East came out in the second half and broke open the game. Their play was more fluid and organized and they managed to extend their lead to 44-21 by the end of three. The Tartans were able to rest their starters early. Shay Brown finished with 17 and Peyton Helpinstein had 18.
“Those girls are the leaders. We expect that kind of performance out of them,” said East Head Coach Waltman Monroe. “They know what their roles are on this team. Everyone else played well, too. We have a lot of work to do but we are getting there. Going forward I want our turnovers cut in half.”
The East Tartans face off against the Symmes Valley Vikings Monday at 7:30 on the road. The following Thursday they host the defending SOC champions, the Notre Dame Titans.
“We have two big games coming up,” said Monroe. “We are going to work hard in practice and try to get ready to go. We know who we are facing and we think we can hang right with them.”
The Green Bobcats travel to Fairview Kentucky to face off against the Eagles Saturday at 2:30. Head Coach Melissa Knapp knows the team has a lot of work to do moving forward.
“It’s the same thing that’s been happening the last few games,” explained Coach Knapp. “We got killed on the boards, and we are taking too many bad shots. We have to work on setting up our offense. Blizzard does that every game, she’s a great player. I need one or two more of these girls to step up and contribute offensively. We can fix our defense, we can fix the rebounding, but we have to score more points.”
“Our game plan going forward is to simply work on ourselves. Until we fix our offense we are going to have a hard time competing.”
East 16 12 16 8 — 50
Green 6 7 8 6 — 27
East: Helpinstein 18, Brown 17, Humble 6, Gifford 3, Faurthy 2, Smith 2, Dingus 2, Carver 1;
Green: Blizzard 20, Hall 3, Gaffney 2, Gallion 2
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