Central Private girls pull away from Huntington in rematch

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 4, 2003

WOODVILLE &045; This time it wasn’t very close.

And Central Private did it without relying solely on post player Samantha Kirkwood.

The Lady Rebels collapsed in the lane on defense, forced turnovers and found the open man on offense in a 75-43 thrashing on Huntington to erase the Lady Hounds’ four-point win over that same Central Private club from two months ago.

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The loss was the first game back from the holidays for the Lady Hounds, who went cold in the second quarter and couldn’t regroup.

&uot;Twenty-five turnovers and 13 offensive rebounds &045; that will get you beat every time,&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;It was just a case of we got out-classed today. The bottom line is we got out-played, and we’ve got to get better. Hopefully this will be a learning experience for us and something we’ll grow from and get better at.&uot;

The Lady Hounds didn’t resemble the prior match between the teams, and neither did Central Private &045; to put it honestly. The Lady Rebels shot the ball much better, got a more balanced attack and help Huntington post Emily Hazlip in check after she scored 11 in the first quarter.

&uot;We couldn’t throw it in the ocean last time,&uot; Central Private head coach Hugh Webb said. &uot;It was just a reversal. They’ve got a good club. They’re one of the better single-A clubs, and they’re going to do well. We got a good effort from our girls today.&uot;

Both Kirkwood and Hazlip got in foul trouble, but other Lady Rebels picked up the slack &045; even when Huntington collapsed on Kirkwood when she was on the floor.

After Central Private motored to a 39-26 halftime lead, Rachel Newman hit six of the Lady Rebels’ first eight points, the last coming at 5:23 for a 46-31 lead.

Huntington got a basket from Hazlip before the Lady Rebels scored six straight points, the last coming from Kirkwood at the 3:15 mark for a 52-33 Central Private lead.

Newman finished with 10 points in the third quarter and 19 for the game, while Kirkwood had 13.

&uot;Sam got in foul trouble,&uot; Webb said. &uot;That’s actually a cause for concern when we have to sit her down. Rachel Newman stepped up for us and got 19 points. She certainly played the best ball she’s played this year. I’m real proud of her.

&uot;Sam found Rachel underneath, and she made some excellent assists. If you have an offensive player open and you don’t find her, it doesn’t do you any good. We found her tonight.&uot;

The Lady Hounds couldn’t find the open man or the rebound on missed shots, including a stretch of over eight minutes in the first half where they failed to register a field goal.

Huntington hit four points at the end of the third and started the fourth on a 6-2 run that ended on two free throws from Hazlip, but they went the last 6:05 without a field goal.

Kirkwood fouled at the 4:47 mark, but the Lady Rebels finished the game on a 17-0 run.

&uot;They were aggressive,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;Rebounding is all about aggression, want-to and desire. We didn’t have that intensity tonight that we normally have. This game is about emotion, and I don’t think we played with much emotion. And that’s a good team. We have to come back and get back in the win column.&uot;

Huntington started strong with a 17-10 lead with 1:07 left in the first, but Central Private ended the quarter on an 8-0 run and scored the first six points of the second quarter. Two free throws from Sarah Ashmore cut the lead to 26-21 with 4:21 left, but Central Private went on a 13-5 run to end the quarter for a 39-26 lead.

&uot;We just played a little matchup zone, and it worked effectively for us,&uot; Webb said. &uot;Any time you don’t give them second shots, good things will come.&uot;