Defense paves the way for ZT
Sigman &
Dunkle
combine for 36
as Lady
Pioneers roll
to an easy win
Zane Trace
55
Paint
Valley 29
Zane Trace wasted little time taking control of
tonight’s game. The Lady Pioneers jumped out
to a 15-2 advantage after one and extended the lead
to 33-15 by halftime. Zane Trace put the game away
for good in the third quarter before both teams
allowed the benches to play the fourth quarter as ZT
won it in a route 55-29.

The story in this one was Zane Trace’s pressure
defense and the hot hand of Kelsey Dunkle. At one
point in the first half, PV committed a turnover on
seven straight possessions. Meanwhile, Dunkle had it
going on the offensive end as the junior hit five triples
on the night on her way to 17 points. As the Paint
Valley defense eventually started to stretch out on
the three-point line, the Bearcats had trouble
handling Sierra Sigman in the middle and on the
glass. In about three quarters of play, Sigman scored
a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

I was very impressed with Zane Trace’s focus
tonight. This was a make-up game that did not have
a great atmosphere, but the Lady Pioneers brought
great intensity to the defensive end. Dunkle did a
great job face-guarding Paint Valley’s leading
scorer Abbie Walls. When Paint Valley tried to
screen for Walls, Dunkle’s teammates did a
good job of recognizing when they needed to switch
and keep Walls from touching it. I did think Walls
continued to work hard without the ball, but PV just
had a hard time handling the ball to get into any
offensive rhythm at all. Walls was held to just six
points in about 22 minutes of play.

As for Paint Valley, the Lady Bearcats are just going
to have to let this game go and look to two key
league match-ups after the New Year with
Southeastern and Westfall. Tonight, PV just ran into
a buzz saw. I knew PV was going to have a hard
time passing and catching against the outstanding
pressure of ZT, but the hot three-point shooting of
the Lady Pioneers just compounded the problem.
Zane Trace is a difficult team to defend in the
scrimmage area, and when they start shooting it the
way they did tonight, there are only a few teams on
their schedule that can match-up with them.

In non-league action Wednesday night, Unioto and
Southeastern attempted to come from double digits
down, but both were unable to get all the way back.
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