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Defense powers Lady Chargers

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By Mike Farner

MOUNT WASHINGTON-- Pushed back two days because of cold weather, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers still made it look easy on Thursday as they cruised past 24th District rival Fern Creek 69-30.
    It was another outstanding defensive effort for the red and gold as they moved to 10-2 on the season. In the ten wins, the Lady Chargers have not allowed more than 43 points in any of those games and those opponents are averaging just over 33 points a contest.
    "We've definitely been playing better on defense," Bullitt East head coach said, referring back to an early season loss to Butler in which the Lady Chargers allowed 78 points in a loss to the state's third-ranked team.
    "We weren't real happy with some of the things we were doing tonight," the veteran coach added. "I thought we rebounded better in the second half. WeÕve been doing that pretty well."
    Bullitt East could pretty much score at will in this game as they just had to turn up the defensive pressure at will. Some of the time it was full-court pressure and other times the Lady Chargers were doing it at half-court. Either way Fern Creek could not get into their offense.
    Bullitt East led 22-5 after one quarter and it was 43-12 by halftime before the Lady Chargers coasted to the win.
    "I think we've done a good job of being consistent," Stallings said. "We've been ready to play most nights. We're trying to get better. As long as we get in the gym and work hard we'll do that."
    It was nice in this game to get in their own gym. This was the first "regular season" home game for the Lady Chargers this season. They did play three games at home just before Christmas in their own holiday tournament.
    Bullitt East had 12 players score in this game. Freshman Lindsey Duvall led the way with 17 points while fellow freshman Raegan Williams finished with 10 points.
    "We're not a finished product," Stallings said. "We've had good leadership. The kids have been consistent in their work efforts."
    Bullitt East moved to 1-0 in the 24th District with games against Mercy and Jeffersontown still to be played.

At Bullitt East
    FERN CREEK 30 (5-7-8-9) Mackard 5, Anthony 10, Knauer 6, Rogers 3, Lado 3, Kendrick 3.
    BULLITT EAST 69 (22-21-19-7) Emily Fryman 6, Taylor Blair 3, Courtney Pfister 5, Lindsey Duvall 17, Kaleigh Sharpe 6, Alyssa Peak 2, Kirstie Henn 4, Taylor Blain 4, Mackenzie Bass 5, Raegan Williams 10, Kelli Lutes 3, Shelby Flener 4.

Rolling Along
    How often does a team score just two points in the fourth quarter and still win by 35 points?
    Not often, but it happened to the Bullitt East Lady Chargers against Bryan Station in the final game of the Centria Metals/Staxx BBQ Classic at Franlin County High School the previous Saturday for the red and gold. The Lady Chargers rolled to a 58-23 victory despite scoring just two points in the final eight minutes.
    The reason for the lack of offense was that the clock the running continuously for all of the fourth quarter after Bullitt East had moved ahead by 35 points late in the third quarter.
    Bullitt East had bolted out of the gate, leading 21-7 after one quarter and stretching that to 39-12 by halftime.
    Duvall again led Bullitt East as the freshman scored 22 points. The Lady Chargers also got 12 points from Blain.

At Franklin County
    BULLITT EAST 58 (21-18-17-2) Emily Fryman 6, Courtney Pfister 1, Lindsey Duvall 22, Alyssa Peak 2, Taylor Blain 12, Mackenzie Bass 5, Raegan Williams 5, Kelli Lutes 5.
    BRYAN STATION 23 (7-5-6-5) Stennis 16, Cozart 4, Boyd 1, Mitchell 2.