Lady Pointers’ pressure wears down Chesapeake

Published 4:55 am Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Billy Joel sang “Pressure.” Glenn Frey gave us “The Heat Is On.”

Now the South Point Lady Pointers are singing their own tune about pressure.

The Lady Pointers applied a pressure defense that wore down the Chesapeake Lady Panthers in a 50-36 Ohio Valley Conference win on Monday.

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“One of the things we always stress is playing defense. You can have a game when you don’t shoot well. That’s something you can’t really control. But you can control how well you play defense,” said Lady Pointers coach Dave Adams.

Kayla Fletcher — who led all scorers with 15 points — and Ericka Leighty had six steals each in the relentless Lady Pointers defensive pressure. Fletcher also held Chesapeake leading scorere Sarah Mayo to five points.

Tinesha Taylor scored 14 points and Jalynn Bradburn added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Pointers (7-1, 3-0).

Chesapeake coach Sammy Gue agreed that South Point’s defense was the difference.

‘We battled and we put ourselves in a position to win the game, but the bottom line is we’re not finishing games,” said Gue.

“Their guards and their pressure were overwhelming. We took care of the ball for the most part but we didn’t’ take care of it down the stretch.”

Chesapeake (5-4, 1-2) did have its chances. The game was tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Pointers went up 24-19 at the break.

The Lady Panthers trailed just 34-28 at the end of the third quarter, but South Point outscored their opponents 16-8 in the fourth quarter.

“We rotated seven people and they only played five players. I thought they got a little tired by the end of the third quarter,” said Adams.

Gue praised his team’s effort, but he also gave credit to South Point.

“We got great looks, we just didn’t finish shots around the basket,” said Gue. “We came out with great intensity, but give South Point credit. They have a lot to do with our not finishing.”

Amanda Ruffner had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Panthers.

“Amanda Ruffner stepped for us inside for a freshman,” said Gue.

South Point hosts OVC co-leader Coal Grove on Thursday.

South Point 11 13 10 16 = 50

Chesapeake 11 8 9 8 = 36

SOUTH POINT (7-1, 3-0): Allison Mitchell 1 0 2-2 4, Angelica Stewart 1 0 2-2 4, Kayla Fletcher 5 1 2-4 15, Ericka Leighty 2 0 0-0 4, Jalynn Bradburn 2 1 2-5 9, Tinesha Taylor 6 0 2-4 14. Totals: 17 2 10-17 50. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.

CHESAPEAKE (5-4, 1-2): Sarah Mayo 1 0 3-6 5, Amanda Rucker 4 0 5-6 13, Courtney Heffner 3 0 3-3 9, Allison Chapman 0 0 2-2 2, Kimmie Bennett 2 1 0-0 7. Totals: 10 1 13-17 36. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.