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Lady Eagles put pressure on in Whitefield win

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Girls' Basketball

By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - The North Bullitt Lady Eagles started fast and never slowed down Friday evening.

Applying pressure defense, the Lady Eagles turned back visiting Whitefield Academy 65-47.

On this particular night, North Bullitt jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first quarter.

Katie Downey started with a steal and two free throws and Savannah Morrison had five points in the quarter.

Reba Stice hit a layup and consecutive three-pointers in the second quarter to help North Bullitt fend off a run by the Lady Wildcats.

Morrison capped off the quarter with a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 27-18 halftime lead.

With the big lead, coach Amber Courtney was able to play some of the reserves extended minutes.

“We need to have more people ready to play,” said Courtney. “We were able to get them minutes and they had to run the offense and play defense. It is good experience for them.”

While scoring 65 points, Courtney wasn’t pleased with the shooting percentage. Although it helps the rebounding numbers, she said there were a lot of easy shots that must be converted.

“They’re starting to focus on the rebounding,” said Courtney.

She was pleased overall but a three-minute span in the third quarter was especially important.

“We looked good running the offense and passing the ball,” said Courtney. “We’re getting better.”

She also likes the energy Downey has given the team. Putting her in the starting lineup has been a spark, although Courtney said she knows it important to get the young players as much rest as possible during the game.

“Focus and finish,” that’s our motto, said Courtney. “I think they are getting that message much better.”