Jeeps roll to 89-14 win over Cannelton

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald
Northeast Dubois senior Mia Smith dribbles the ball up the court during Tuesday evening’s game against Cannelton in Dubois. The Jeeps claimed an 89-14 victory.

By JIMMY LAFAKIS
jlafakis@dcherald.com

DUBOIS — In a famous television interview, the late martial artist Bruce Lee encouraged viewers to “be water.” In his quote, Lee described the importance of being both “formless” and “shapeless,” just like water.

During Tuesday evening’s basketball game against Cannelton, Northeast Dubois (4-3) heeded Lee’s advice. After scoring a steady stream of baskets in the contest’s early stages, the Jeeps secured an 89-14 victory.

“I think our girls were just really ready to play against somebody else,” Northeast Dubois head coach Andy Chinn said. “We’ve unfortunately lost a couple of games due to the pandemic. We’ve had girls out at certain times due to the pandemic. We had more girls out tonight, unfortunately, because of the pandemic. Our approach this year is to try to take every game like it’s our last. I think that they were just really eager to play against somebody other than themselves in practice.”

A healthy mix of press, zone and man-to-man defenses helped Northeast Dubois claim the lead. The Jeeps cashed in on their transition opportunities and never relinquished their advantage. At halftime of the wire-to-wire victory, Northeast Dubois held a 49-4 lead.

“It’s still early in the season,” Chinn said. “We’re still learning and trying to figure out what works. We’ve got some athletes out there. It’s fun to mix that up. It helps the girls learn what works. On any given night against a certain team, depending on what the scouting report says, they’ve got to be ready to play all kinds of different defenses.”

The Jeeps maintained their flow in the second half. The Bulldogs fired away from long range, but Northeast Dubois grabbed the long rebounds and converted on their fast breaks. The home bench remained in a perpetual state of delight.

“Unfortunately, we’ve only had two JV games this year,” Chinn said. “We’ve had a lot of cancellations with that. We only had 11 girls on the roster available tonight. We dressed them all. It’s fun to watch them get out there. They had some jitters — we had some girls playing in their first varsity experiences. It’s fun to just throw them in and see how they handle it. That’s what it’s about. It’s all about our team.”

Northeast Dubois scored 26 points in the third quarter. Eight of the Jeeps’ 38 total field goals came from beyond the 3-point arc.

“I told the girls during a timeout, ‘That might be the best I’ve ever seen a girls team here shoot the ball,’” Chinn said. “It seemed like every shot they got was a really good look. Our girls are shooting with confidence. We’ve got some good shooters. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

Junior Hadley Fuhrman led the Jeeps with a game-high 18 points. Senior Jazlyn Sander contributed 16 points, while sophomore Reagan Knies added 15 points. Ultimately, Chinn and the Jeeps were grateful to play another game in this uncertain season.

“I know that they were excited to get out there,” Chinn said. “Whether there’s fans or not, there’s nothing like playing on your home court.”

Northeast Dubois will return to the court at approximately 7:30 p.m. against Springs Valley on Thursday at home.

“It will be a big game for us,” Chinn said. “That’s our rival. They’ve nipped us in the sectional by a point for two years in a row. Hopefully, our girls will be hungry.”




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