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Stingy defensive effort leads Lady Choctaws to lopsided, 65-28 win

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dyer County's Sara Owen gets fouled driving to the basket. Owen finished with 8 points, five rebounds, five assists and seven steals on Monday against Mitchell.
Returning to action following a busy weekend that resulted in a 67-44 win over Halls and a 64-45 loss to Greenfield at the Martin Shootout, the Lady Choctaws hosted Mitchell on Tuesday in a game that ended with stellar results for Dyer County.

A stingy defensive effort from the Lady Choctaws limited the visitors to a total of five field goals throughout the contest, as Dyer County dominated from start to finish. The end result was a lopsided, 65-28 final in a game where the outcome was never in doubt.

Afterward, Lady Choctaw head coach Derek McCord was especially pleased with the effort of his defense, one that forced 32 turnovers. The Lady Choctaws also outrebounded Mitchell as well, holding a 39-30 advantage on the boards and committed a mere nine turnovers.

"I thought our defense was good. We kept solid pressure on the ball and its fun to see our girls diving for balls and giving tremendous effort the way they did tonight," said McCord. "Our kids are playing harder and they're improving."

The entire roster of Lady Choctaws (3-2) saw significant time on the court throughout the game, with 12 of the 15 players on the roster recording points after the squad built a 40-point lead in the third quarter.

Haley Hicks and teammate Eeonna Jackson both finished in double figures with 10 points each, while Sara Owen had 8, Olivia Crane added 7, and Courtney Maupin and Makayla Enochs both chipped in with six.

Chelsie Spence and Brooke Davis tied for the top in rebounds with six each, while Owen finished with five and also led the team in assists with five as well as finishing with seven steals.

After motoring its way to a 16-2 advantage at the end of the opening period, DC kept its foot on the gas in the second, running to the locker room with a commanding 38-13 lead over Mitchell at the half and never looked back.

The defensive effort by the Lady Choctaws was something McCord wanted to see with a busy week ahead and after suffering a double-digit loss to Greenfield over the weekend.

"We really talked a lot about getting out and guarding people. I thought we were able to do that tonight," said McCord. "We were frustrated with our performance against Greenfield defensively, but tonight we gave a much better effort."

The Lady Choctaws will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Jackson to face North Side, before traveling to Rector, Ark. on Saturday to compete in the Rector Shootout. The squad will play host Rector at 6:30 p.m.

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