Raiders defeat Jeeps in 42-19 contestJanuary 12, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
DUBOIS — Winning on the road is a tough task in any sport. Achieving success in road venues requires adroit decisions and sound adjustments.
The Southridge (7-7) girls basketball team handled business in a 42-19 victory over Northeast Dubois (9-6) in Dubois on Tuesday evening. The Raiders established a groove after taking a 22-7 halftime lead.
“There were a lot of good things we saw defensively,” Southridge head coach Greg Werner said. “That team is better than what they played tonight. That’s why I didn’t sub until so late. They can come back on you.”
Southridge junior guard Myah Montgomery and senior guard Kennedy Nalley engineered the Raiders’ attack. Montgomery finished with a game-high 17 points, while Nalley contributed 15 key points.
“There were times that we had good movement,” Werner said. “There were times that we had good stuff. We have to keep working on reading the floor and make teams pay for what they’re doing. Teams are going to chase and double Myah. We’re getting better. If teams go after her a little bit more, it’s going to open up other things. We’ve got to hit those other players. There were times we hit those other players, so that was a good thing.”
Junior guard Hadley Fuhrman and senior guard Jazlyn Sander scored four points apiece for Northeast Dubois. Southridge’s stalwart defense prevented the Jeeps from finding open opportunities at the basket.
“The key is getting our kids to understand what the plan is and take away the strengths of the other team,” Werner said. “When we block out, we can get into transition a little bit. If we don’t have it in transition, let’s set up and run our offense and try to execute as many times down the floor as we can.”
As the game reached its latter stages, Northeast Dubois became more aggressive and implemented various press defenses.
“Any time we hold them to 42 points, we have good enough offensive weapons to be in the game,” Jeeps head coach Andy Chinn said. “We just shot the ball very, very poorly on offense tonight.”
The Jeeps will look to rebound against Blue Chip Conference foe Barr-Reeve at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Dubois.
“We’re still working toward bigger goals,” Chinn said. “We’re in first place, 4-0 in the conference. We’ve got another game Thursday. It’s senior night for us, so it’s a quick turnaround. I told the girls, ‘Don’t hang your heads. We’ve got to keep working. We’ve worked too hard.’ We’re three weeks from sectionals, we’re in the hunt and we’re in first place in the Blue Chip. We have no time to dwell on past games like this — we’ve got to keep working.”
The Raiders will play a Pocket Athletic Conference game at 8 p.m. on Thursday at South Spencer. Southridge is currently 5-3 in PAC play this season.
“We’re getting better,” Werner said. “I’m just really proud of the kids. A lot of hard work has gone into it. There’s been a lot of belief and a lot of commitment to get better, but it’s not over. It’s just one game.”
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