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 tonightâ€™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 Traceâ€™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 Traceâ€™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 Valleyâ€™s leading scorer Abbie Walls. When Paint Valley tried to screen for Walls, Dunkleâ€™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. Click here to see tonightâ€™s McDonaldâ€™s iâ €™m lovinâ€™ it SVC Girlsâ€™ Basketball Scoreboard.