LEAH DUNNE drives to the basket on her way to 15 points against Campbell on Jan. 18.
Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2018ALTON — Prospect Mountain girls' basketball coach Rick Burley knew good defense would be key to his team's games in the second half of the season.
The team delivered in a big way on Thursday, Jan. 18, as the Timber Wolves allowed just 15 points to Campbell in the first half on the way to a 52-36 win.
"In the pregame, we said we've got to pick up our defensive communicating," Burley said. "That's how we're going to win games.
"I'm excited and proud of how they played tonight," the Timber Wolf coach said. "Their hands were in the passing lanes, they really did a nice job."
The Timber Wolves were helped by the fact that the three-pointers were falling in the first half, as they drained five from beyond the arc in the first 16 minutes of the game.
Ali Brown got the Timber Wolves on the board with a three-pointer and after a Campbell free throw, Leah Dunne drained Prospect's second three of the night. The visitors hit their first field goal of the game to make it 6-3 before Mackenzie Burke put back a rebound for the Timber Wolves.
Campbell was able to cut that lead to just one point but Burke came back with a basket and Nadia Huggard sank another three-pointer to up Prospect's lead to 13-7. The visitors got the final basket of the quarter and the Timber Wolves led 13-9 after one quarter.
Prospect continued to build out the lead in the second quarter, with Burke getting the first basket of the frame before Campbell hit a hoop. Brown sank two free throws and then drilled a three-pointer to push Prospect's lead to 20-11.
The Cougars came back with a basket but Bekah Wheeler and Brown hit back-to-back baskets to give the Timber Wolves a 24-13 lead. Campbell hit another hoop but Dunne ended the quarter on a good note for the Timber Wolves, draining a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Timber Wolves a 27-15 lead at the halftime break.
Dunne hit two free throws to open the scoring in the second half but the Cougars came back with two free throws of their own. Burke put back a rebound for the Timber Wolves and then Emmalee Riel hit a three-pointer to up the lead to 34-17. Campbell came through with a three-pointer at the other end.
Burke put back a rebound for two more points and then Dunne hit a hoop for a 38-20 lead. After a Campbell hoop, Brown sank one from the charity stripe. Campbell closed out the quarter with the final basket to make it 39-24 heading to the fourth quarter.
Prospect scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, with Tiffany White putting in a hoop and then Dunne converting a three-point play to make it 44-24. Campbell came back with a free throw and a hoop but Burke and Huggard hit back-to-back baskets for the Timber Wolves to push the lead to 48-27.
Campbell came through with another basket but Dunne hit two free throws and White hit one for a 51-29 lead. Campbell came back with a three-pointer before White hit another free throw for a 20-point lead. The visitors hit a hoop and two free throws to close out the scoring at 52-36.
"The difference between tonight and Sanborn (the previous Friday) is our shots were falling tonight," Burley said "I'm excited with the way the team played together, that's what we're focusing on, keeping each other positive."
Burley noted that Dunne had a monster game, not just with her scoring, but also her dribble penetration, while Burke was strong inside, cleaning up with some key rebounds. He also pointed out that the Cougars went to a box and one on Brown in the second half and she responded by doing the little things while her teammates picked up on the scoring.
"I saw some great things tonight," Burley said. "It was a good start to the second half of the season."
Dunne finished with 15 points to lead the Timber Wolves, while Burke added 12 and Brown finished with 11.
The Timber Wolves will be at Gilford on Friday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. and will be at Berlin on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Riel 1-0-3, Dunne 4-5-15, White 1-2-4, Wheeler 1-0-2, Huggard 2-0-5, Brown 3-3-11, Burke 6-0-12, Totals 18-10-52
Allen 3-0-6, Sott 2-1-5, Rousseau 2-2-6, Phillips 1-0-3, Gibbons 1-2-4, Schultz 1-1-3, Newell 3-0-7, Totals 13-6-36