Tiger Cubs rout No. 5 Danville

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DANVILLE — The Greencastle Lady Tiger Cubs had to travel to Class 3A No. 5-ranked Danville on Tuesday night.

The matchup initially seemed to be a problem, as the Warriors were long and athletic, but you cannot discount effort and execution. The Cubs took down the mighty Warriors 57-41 behind a stifling defense and an efficient offense.

“They (Danville) are long and athletic and do a lot of good things. Coming into tonight for us to have a chance we had to be great defensively. Give all the credit to the girls. They weren’t just good, they were great,” Greencastle head coach Bradley Key said.

Greencastle held the Warriors to just 29 percent (15-of-52) shooting from the floor and had a 19-minute stretch from late in the first quarter till the end of the third quarter in which Danville only scored seven points. During that stretch, the Tiger Cubs scored 37 points to open a 20-point lead and held on to win their seventh game in a row, improving to 7-3 on the season.

“That is seven (wins) in a row. Give the girls credit for working hard in practice,” Key said. “It’s fun right now. We are having a good time.”

Danville jumped out to 14-4 lead in the first quarter as Greencastle was struggling to score. From that point on the Tiger Cubs dominated the game. They scored the last six points of the quarter to close within 14-10 heading into the second quarter.

“I told the girls, you have to attack against a team like this. If you sit back, you will be in for a long night. Our girls bought in and really attacked,” Key said.

Jalyn Duff

Jalyn Duff took over offensively in the second quarter. The junior guard scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the period. She knocked down a couple of three-pointers, a short jumper, and the first two of her 13 made free throws on the night.

“Jay (Duff) is a great point guard and she scored well. She also put us in good situations,” Key said.

The Warriors only hit 1-of-13 shots from the floor and only moved the scoreboard by three points in the period. Danville couldn’t find a way to get good looks and when they missed, the smaller Greencastle squad really hit the boards. The Cubs outrebounded the Warriors 11-7 in the quarter and 31-21 for the game. They took a 27-17 lead into the intermission.

“Allison Stevens’ rebounding was key. She had some big boards, tonight,” Key said.

Greencastle didn’t let the halftime diminish their defensive intensity. The Cubs came out and held the Warriors to just four points in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 41-21 after three quarters. The 3-2 zone defense was a riddle the Warriors couldn’t solve, as Danville hit just two field goals and didn’t have any luck finding open shots.

The Cubs got scoring from five players in the quarter. The balanced team just kept pulling away as they time and again frustrated the Warriors. Duff led the way with four points, but big three-pointers by Bailey Shuee and Seelye Stoffregen kept the momentum on the Greencastle side, but the defense was again the key.

Rose White

“Rose White was unbelievable on the top of the 3-2 (zone). Her hands, her activity was great. That was a good team (Danville) she made struggle just because of her will to win,” Key said.

The Warriors rallied a little in the fourth quarter as they employed a frantic full court press. Danville scored 20 points in the period, but the composed Tiger Cubs just kept going to the free throw line and knocking them down to keep the opponent at bay. Greencastle hit 11-of-16 free throws in the period, and an excellent 22-of-28 from the charity stripe for the game. Danville would get no closer than fifteen points in the final stanza.

Danville’s Ella Collier was the only Warrior in double figures with 14 points, while the Cubs had three players with double digits. Duff led the way with 23 points and Shuee and White added 10 points each.

“We are a true team. A really, good team win tonight. We have a tough game on Friday. We have to get ready for South (Putnam),” Key said.

Greencastle will host the Eagles on Friday night in a Western Indiana Conference match-up.

The Tiger Cubs beat the Eagles by one point in the Putnam County Classic earlier in the year.

GREENCASTLE (57) – White 4-5 2-2 10, Stoffregen 1-8 0-2 3, Shuee 3-5 2-2 10, Duff 4-4 13-14 23, Stevens 2-3 5-8 9, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Nally 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-28 FG, 22-28 FT, 57 TP.

DANVILLE (41) – Muse 1-8 0-0 2, Cowart 0-2 0-0 0, Riggles 1-12 2-2 5, E. Collier 5-12 4-7 14, A. Collier 3-6 1-2 7, Turner 2-3 1-2 5, Patterson 3-5 0-0 8, Hays 0-0 0-0 0, Wasson 0-3 0-0 0, Deno 0-1 0-0 0, Kirk 0-0 0-0 0, Bridgeforth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-52 FG, 8-13 FT, 41 TP.

Greencastle 10 17 14 16 – 57

Danville 14 3 4 20 – 41

3-point shooting – GHS 5-10 (Stoffregen 1-4, Shuee 2-3, Duff 2-2, Nally 0-1), DHS 3-20 (Muse 0-1, Riggles 1-9, E. Collier 0-4, Patterson 2-3, Wasson 0-3) Rebounds – GHS 31 (Stoffregen 1, White 5, Shuee 4, Duff 7, Stevens 8, Nally 2, Robinson 1) DHS 21 (Muse 3, Deno 1, Cowart 3, Riggles 1, E. Collier 6, A. Collier 2, Turner 3, Patterson 1) FG Pct. – GHS 53.6, DHS 28.8. FT Pct. – GHS 78.6, DHS 61.5. Turnovers – GHS 25, DHS 17.

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