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December 13, 2018
 

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Ada girls blow past Perry

By Cort Reynolds

ADA - Host Ada ran out to a big early lead and cruised to a 57-36 victory over winless Perry in non-league girls basketball action Tuesday night.

 

The purple and gold improved to 3-9 with the lopsided win, while the undersized Lady Commodores fell to 0-7 after the defeat.

 

Ada led 8-0 out of the gate and later put the game out of reach with a 13-0 run to start the second half.

 

"It was good to get a W again, I am happy for the girls," said fourth-year Ada head coach Bill Taflinger. "We needed that, especially after Saturday's loss to Kenton.

 

"I was hoping for a good start and we got it."

 

An Anney Archer layup, followed by consecutive trifectas from Teara Coulson and Maddie Gossard, shot Ada to an 8-0 edge. Two mid-range shots by Gossard and freshman Miranda Wills ballooned the lead to 13-3.

 

Archer added a free throw and a fast break layin to put the Bulldogs in front 16-7 after one period of play.

 

Archer continued her personal 7-0 flurry run by bouncing in a runner. She then stole the ball and sped coast to coast for a layup. Junior guard Raina England sank a putback layin for a 22-7 Bulldog bulge.

 

"Anney did a good job," Taflinger noted. "She had a nice game."

Perry sophomore guard Lily Floyd swished consecutive lane shots to stem the run. Archer sank a layup off a baseline drive. Gossard drained a triple and Rilan Conley canned a power layup for a 30-11 lead three minutes before intermission.

 

After an England foul shot, Gossard splashed a right side trey. England sank a short shot to give Ada  36-14 lead at the half.

 

The Bulldogs then pulled away with 13 unanswered points to begin the third quarter. Conley started the spurt with a layin. Archer canned a transition layup and Gossard sank a stickback.

 

Conley again scored inside, followed by an old-fashioned three-point play by Gossard. Freshman Megan Light ended the flurry with a putback on the interior to provide a 49-14 cushion.

 

Perry guard Tiffany Barfield came off the bench to score the next eight points to get the visitors within 49-22. Ada freshman Alexis Waugh ended the run by hitting a 10-footer from the left side.

 

The Commodores responded with a 10-0 splurge to cap an overall 18-2 run. England swished a shot from the foul line to end the flurry with 4:07 remaining.

 

Wills canned a field goal, followed by two Coulson foul shots, to finish the Ada scoring.

 

The Bulldogs connected on 23 of 68 from the floor (34 percent), including four of 14 beyond the arc (29 percent). The Bulldogs sank seven of 11 foul shots (64 percent).

 

Perry made 14 field goals, three of which were triples. The Commodores converted five of seven at the charity stripe (71 percent).

 

Senior Gossard led all scorers with 16 points, while the hustling Archer added 14 markers and three steals. England contributed seven points and five assists.

 

Conley scored six points and pulled down eight of Ada's 39 rebounds. Gossard added six caroms and blocked one shot.

 

Floyd led Perry with 15 points while Barfield scored a dozen, all in the second half.

 

The Bulldogs committed 15 turnovers to 14 miscues by the visitors.

 

The victory was Ada's first at home this season in seven games. The 21-point margin of victory bettered their previous best of seven against Waynesfield.

Ada 57 (2-9)

M. Gossard 6 1-1 16, Coulson 1 2-2 5, Archer 6 2-4 14, England 3 1-2 7, Conley 3 0-0 6, Wills 2 1-2 5, Rush 0, Light 1 0-0 2, Acheson 0, Waugh 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 23-68/7-11/57. 3-pointers (4-14): M. Gossard 3, Coulson 1.

Perry 36 (0-7)

Thompson 2 0-0 5, Gurley 0, Miller 0, Floyd 5 3-4 15, Barfield 5 2-3 12, Healey 1 0-0 2, Browning 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 14/5-7/36. 3-pointers: Floyd 2, Thompson 1.

1 2 3 4 F

Ada 16 20 13 8 57

Per 7 7 6 16 36

JV: No game.

Ada visits non-league foe McComb Saturday afternoon. "I think they are pretty good (5-6 wins), but relatively young," said Taflinger. "They beat us in overtime last year.

 

"We have to keep working and improving," he added.

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