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Viqueens beat Lady Feet, but it wasn't an easy task

Friday, December 21, 2012

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Kristin Ray floats in for an easy layup following a steal in Thursday's game against Webb.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
In the first half of Thursday's game in the Community Christmas Classic between host Community and the Webb Lady Feet, the Viqueens dictated the tempo of play early on with a suffocating press that lead to an early lead.

But Webb clawed its way back into the game before the Viqueens were able to pull away with a 20-point fourth quarter to win their sixth-straight, 50-46.

"They knew our strengths and did a good job of taking those away. That made some other people step up tonight," said Viqueen coach Allison Martin.

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Kristen Brothers charges the lane after teammate Hannah Busbee (20) came up with a steal in the first quarter against the Lady Feet.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
While senior Katie Leverette led the winners with 16, several other members of the Viqueens stepped in and contributed key points to the win.

Community got things rolling its way with a stymieing press, which led to several turnovers and mistakes by the Lady Feet.

But Webb eventually found it's offensive rhythm. Senior Kat Coffey keyed the perimeter attack with a pair of treys early, while Josie Reyes amped up the heat inside the lane in the second quarter.

Reyes, who led all scorers with 20 points, added six in the second frame to keep the Lady Feet within striking distance.

Still, Community managed to spread the attack and head to the break with a 26-19 lead.

After seeing the press the Viqueens brought in the first half, the Lady Feet were able to work around it and make some runs in the second half.

"They adjusted well to our pressure and they did more passing instead of getting caught in the traps. They matched up really well in the half court defense," said Community coach Allison Martin.

Even with the Lady Feet finding a way to work around the miscues the Viqueen press brought in the first half, Community still managed to outscore the Lady Feet in both of the last two quarters.

But Community had to get help from the supporting cast in order to pick up the win.

"Whenever you're used to going to someone, it's always good to see other players step up. I think we got a lot more patient on offense in the second half," Martin said.

That patience paid off as Community outscored Webb 33-27 in the last 16 minutes of the game.

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Madeline Gallagher closes out a Webb possession following a Viqueen turnover.
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While Community was able to find an answer for the defensive adjustments, Webb's mistakes continued to pile up.

Webb coach Scott Dorsett said those early miscues proved costly in the loss.

"We just had some mistakes throwing the ball away instead of continually attacking the basket," he said.

Webb cut the lead to six points just before the first half, mainly with the attack led by Reyes in the paint.

"We did a pretty good job of boarding up. We weren't as strong as we needed to be on the boards though," Dorsett said.

While it makes the second loss for Webb this week, with the first coming to FRA on Wednesday night, Dorsett feels the effort was much better on Thursday.

"With the effort level we saw tonight, I was much more proud of," he said.

Webb opens day two of the Community Christmas Classic with a 3 p.m. tipoff against Collinwood in Unionville this afternoon while Community will look to make it seven-straight and close the first half of the season on a high note. The Viqueens tipoff tonight against Cornersville at 6 p.m.

Webb 10 9 12 15 -- 46

Community 15 11 13 20 -- 59

Webb: Josie Reyes 20, Kat Coffey 14, Elli Boyle 6, Madeline Gallagher 4, AC Tuma 2.

Community: Katie Leverette 16, Kristen Brothers 10, Mercedes Huntley 9, Hannah Busbee 6, Jordan Huntley 5, Sarah Pierce 4, Davie Barnes 3, Kaitlin Ensey 2, Kristin Ray 2, Lacey Reed 2.

3-Point goals: Webb (4): Coffey 4; Community (2): Brothers 2.

Halftime score: Community 26, Webb 19.

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