Lady Badgers Stop Lady Eagles

Feb 20th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Sports

Friday, February 14 - The Lady Golden Eagles from Greene County Tech were riding high coming into Badger Arena, Valentine’s Day Friday,  February 14th and sitting alone in 2nd place in the 5A East Conference. But, the Lady Badgers were determined to break some hearts and send the Lady Eagles home heartbroken after a loss earlier in the year to the Lady Eagles. And, they did just that, by dominating the second half of the game and win going away, 52-33.

The Lady Badgers came out a bit nervous – but quickly put those nerves aside and jumped out to a 6-1 lead with 3:11 remaining in the 1st quarter. Taylor McGraw and Kalela Miller paced the Lady Badgers with a couple of back-to-back 3 point shots, giving them a 11-5 lead with 2:00 remaining in the 1st quarter. The Lady Badgers continued the pressure and led 13-10 after the 1st quarter.

But, the Lady Eagles were not going away easy, as they pulled to tie at 15-15 with 4:20 remaining in the 1st half. The Lady Eagles then got into a rhythm and jumped out to a 19-18 lead with 2:10 remaining in the half, before the Lady Badgers hit a couple of free throws to end the half, giving them a slim 20-19 halftime lead.

The Lady Eagles came out and hit their 1st shot of the 3rd quarter – a 3-point bomb, putting them up 22-20 at the 6:50 mark of the 3rd quarter. But, that was the last lead they would enjoy of the night, as the Lady Badgers quickly tied things up on a short jumper by McGraw – making it 22-22 with 5:20 remaining in the 3rd quarter. McGraw was just getting warmed up though – as she hit back to back 3 point shots to give the Lady Badgers a 29-22 lead with 1:50 left in the 3rd. The two teams traded baskets for the remaining 1:50 and the Lady Badgers led 33-28 after three quarters of play.

The Lady Eagles hit the first shot of the 4th quarter – bringing them to within three points at 33-30 with 7:00 remaining in the game – but the Lady Badgers stepped up their defense at that point and began to shut down the Lady Eagles. The Lady Badgers – behind McGraw, Miller and Gracie Anders, started filling up the basket – as the rest of the team helped play tenacious defense and out scored the Lady Eagles by 17 points over the next 6:30 minutes – without allowing the Lady Eagles to score again, until there was only .25 seconds left in the game- giving the Lady Badgers a commanding twenty point, 50-30 lead. The teams traded baskets for the last half-minute of the game – but the outcome was well in hand by that point and the Lady Badgers had crushed the Valentine’s dreams of the Golden Eagles by the score of 52-33. It was the largest margin of defeat the Eagles had suffered all season and put the Lady Badgers into a two way tie for 2nd place in the conference with the Lady Eagles at 8-2. The Lady Badgers are now 14-6 overall.

The Lady Badgers we led by Kalela Miller’s 18 points – 9 rebounds – 1 block – 1 steal & 1 assist, Gracie Anders added 10 points – 12 rebounds – 7 blocks – 1 steal & 1 assist and Taylor McGraw finished with 13 points – 1 rebound – 2 steals & 6 assists.

Coach Richey was very pleased with his squad and after the game said, “ We made some early mistakes in the 1st half and still led by one point at halftime. We had too many turnovers – but every player gave it their all in the second half and we took over the game. We came out a bit nervous to start, but quickly settled down into our game. I’m very proud of them and it was a huge win for our team and program tonight.”

You have one more chance to catch the Lady Badgers at home this year, on Thursday night,  February 27th, against conference leading Paragould. A win could put the Lady Badgers into a 1st place tie with Paragould, if they win their remaining road games between now and the 27th. Come out for the last Badger home games of the 2013-2014 season on February 27th beginning at 6p.m. and let’s fill Badger Arena!