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Big fourth quarter seals the deal for Lady Crusaders

Lisbon's Kayla Fifield fends off Littleton defender Chynna Lowe late in a close game at Littleton High School. James Barrett. (click for larger version)
January 20, 2014
LITTLETON — On Jan. 14, the Littleton Crusaders girls' basketball team played host to the Lisbon Panthers. What started out as a tightly contested affair, quickly turned into a rout thanks in large part to huge offensive fourth quarter for the hometown team.

When the first quarter got under way, the compete level was second to none. The Crusaders were controlling the ball for the majority of the first quarter. But where they faltered was their inability to hit the shots and when they missed they had difficulty winning the rebounds.

As for the Panthers, their offense was looking the best it had looked all season from a systematic viewpoint. Every pass they made on offense was with a purpose and rarely did they turn the ball over. For them, the first quarter may not have been the best scoring quarter of the season, but it kept them in this tight game as the two teams ended the first quarter tied at six all.

In the second quarter both teams looked to be focusing more on the offensive side of the ball. For Littleton, Maggie Hadlock put a good statement in the opening seconds of the quarter when she drained a three-point shot in a defender's face. From that point on, the Crusaders were feeling good. However, they still had difficulty pulling away from the Panthers.

The Panthers' second quarter was highlighted by their team's tenacity in all zones of the court. The Panthers kept up the pressure throughout the second quarter. To put a little icing on the Panthers' cake, in the dying seconds of the first half, Rebecca Daniels stripped the ball from a Crusader forward and rolled in a lay up to cap off an extremely tight half, 16-15 in Littleton's favor.

The third quarter of this game was very similar to the first two. The Crusaders controlled the ball and the pace of play but were unable to pull away form the pesky Panthers.

The Panthers never backed down. Every time there was a loose ball the Panthers were diving after it, sacrificing their bodies for the good of the team.

However, a dark cloud was looming over the Panthers when Littleton's Emma Bogardus picked up her play. Bogardus, a sophomore, has quietly sneaked onto the stage as a formidable post player with a nose for the ball. In the third quarter, Bogardus made her presence known as she helped he Crusaders stay ahead with the score 25-23.

When the fourth quarter began, Lisbon was being somewhat careful as they were nearing their seventh team foul. That gave the Crusaders the opening they needed to attack the rim and for Bogardus to steal the show in the paint.

The Crusader dominance continued in the fourth as the Panthers foul trouble led to the runaway. The Crusaders won the final quarter 17-4 and won the game, 42-27.

With the win, the Crusaders continue to improve. The team is currently in eighth place with a 6-3 record. The girls with resume the regular season on Friday when they make the trip north to take on Canaan-Pittsburg.

Littleton: B. Verret (12pts, 6/12FT), E. Bogardus (9pts, 1/2FT), M. Hadlock (9pts, 4/6FT)

Lisbon: B. Daniels (9pts, 3/6FT), S. Clement (8pts, 0/0FT), K. Fifield (6pts, 0/2FT)

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