The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 5, 2014

Attica girls win second straight Bi-County title

BY JIMMY HARRIS sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — In last year’s Bi-County Tournament semifinals, Attica won a tight 49-48 game over Seeger and went on to win their fourth Bi-County title.

In Saturday’s Bi-County Championship game, the Red Ramblers (11-0) left no doubts this year as they had a dominant effort from start to finish and got to cut down the nets with a 51-31 victory over the Patriots to grab its second straight title and fifth overall.

The defensive intensity from Attica was very good from the start. ... It was a big key to holding Seeger down and with every shot contested; the Lady Ramblers only allowed the Lady Patriots 31 points and 26 percent shooting from the floor.

Seeger’s offense struggled all night against Attica’s defense and the Lady Patriots seemed unsure at times on the offensive end and was frustrated.

“We try to get our defensive pressure going early and get some easy quick buckets to make sure we can get a flow on the offensive side, but we pride ourselves on our defense and it was a very good defensive game tonight,” Attica coach Matt Harmeson said.

Kaley Sosnowski came off the bench again to give her team a big lift and that was evident with her first play.

She got a steal and breakaway lay-up to give the Lady Ramblers an eight-point lead and put the Lady Patriots on their heels.

Sosnowski (16 points and 6 steals) was named MVP as she led the Lady Ramblers attack and offense and helped them continue their defensive dominance in this tournament.

“I think our defense improved tonight and I have been working on my shooting and I hit my shots tonight,” Sosnowski said.

As the Lady Ramblers continued their unselfish play and aggressive defense, the lead swelled to 17 points in the second quarter.

“This team is unselfish and do what is asked of them, there is no jealousy on this team. Each player knows their role and does it without complaint and that makes it’s easy to coach,” Harmeson said.

The Lady Patriots would not quit and played hard all game and got two quick buckets from Kiley Swisher (11 points) to cut the lead to 28-15 and a little bit of momentum going into the locker room.

Any momentum Seeger would have was taken away quickly as the start of the second half gave the ball to Attica.

Attica came out with a set play, an alleyoop pass and lay-up from Chelsey LaDuke (5 points, 3 steals) to Maci Kyger (13 points, 7 rebounds) for an easy bucket, which brought the crowd to their feet.

As Seeger’s woes continued in the second half as they couldn’t find the basket as it seemed to have a lid on it, as shot after shot would hit every part of the rim but wouldn’t fall in and Attica did not allow many offensive rebounds.

“I think we all try to make each other better and that I am there to do my job of rebound and put back baskets and that’s what I try to do,” Ashley Mitton (10 points and 13 rebounds) said. “I just continue to try to help the team in any way I can and defend the Lane area.”

In the third-place matchup, Covington won a 39-38 thriller over Fountain Central. Andi Taylor had 15 points to lead the Trojans, who was up 15-12 at halftime and 27-25 after the third quarter. Avery Chezem had 13 points with Kendra Wallace adding six.

Macee Williams led all scorers with 21 points for the Mustangs while Mary Frazee had five and Jenna Royer added four.