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November 23, 2013

Patriots' run dooms Trojans

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“We started getting cuts against that [defense],” said Synesael. “We went inside when we could.”

Seeger used that inside game to extend their lead to as many as 20 points at 35-15 late in the third quarter, but Chezem hit a runner and took a steal the length of the floor to make the score 37-19 as the stanza ended.

The fourth quarter started with both defenses dominating and neither team could score for almost three minutes. The first points came on a lay-up by Miranda Tuggle for Covington, but Seeger countered immediately with a short jumper by Hannah Gustus.

The Trojans then seemed to make a small run as Hannah Hegg hit a jump shot off a pass from Chezem who followed with two free throws. After another Gustus basket, Covington pulled within fifteen on a basket by Kendra Wallace — also off an assist by Chezem.

That was as close as the Trojans would get and Seeger pulled away at the free throw line to win 47-27.

Patriot head coach Brent Rademacher, like McCoy, liked the play of his defense.

“We tried to keep the ball out of Avery [Chezem’s] hands as much as we could,” he explained. “Cara [Fowler] did a great job on defending her when she did get the ball, and Haley Briles stepped in and did well against her when Cara was out.”

The other thing that Rademacher liked about his defense was that they forced the tempo — making Covington speed up and take shots in a hurry.

McCoy agreed that his team had to hurry too much, but said there was little else they could down when they fell behind as badly as they did in the second quarter.

Rademacher said he was not surprised by the offensive barrage in that period, noting that his team had hit nine three-pointers in their previous outing.

“I think we played pretty well,” said Rademacher, “but we’ve got another tough game coming up next. We’ve got to play the number-ten ranked 2A team in Riverton Parke on Tuesday.”

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com

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