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Lady Owls over circumstances, remain unbeaten with fourth win

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

Leah Miller (5) eyes two points in the win over Louisiana.

Leah Miller (5) eyes two points in the win over Louisiana.

Silex Lady Owl improved to 4-0 Tuesday beating Louisiana by a score of 49-38. This was a true test of performance because of some unusual circumstances, said Coach Ryan Flanagan.

“Neither of the referees that were scheduled to do the game showed up and Dr. Werkmeister (principal) was able to secure one to drive down and do the game,” said Flanagan. “Jon Newcomer had a tall task of officiating a varsity basketball game by himself and he did a very good job. The game was scheduled to start at 5:30 and it did not tip-off until roughly 6:30.”

After a late start, the Lady Owls lost some energy in the first half as the teams battled on near even terms. “We played sloppy in the first half until the final minute of play,” said Flanagan. “ We went on a 10-0 run to end the half. We jumped into a little half court trap and it confused Louisiana. The charge was led primarily by one of my bench players Elly Boothe. She had two steals and four points in the final minute.”

That surge gave the Lady Owls a 22-11 lead at the half. They were able to maintain a lead throughout the second half.

“A major problem we had in the game was we were trying to do too much,” he said. “In the second half my bench really showed up and took control of the game, Elly (Boothe), Brandi (Peasel), Anna (Hopkins), and Kate (Nol) gave me solid play. In a game like this when we are struggling to have any success, we have to have contributions coming from the bench. Boothe, a freshman, is proving she is going to be a very good player because she improves every night she plays. She is a true competitor, and she works hard every minute she is on the floor. Up to this point in the year we have struggled knocking down looks from three point land and Anna (Hopkins) came off the bench and hit two crucial three point attempts in the second half. Louisiana played hard and had two players who were really solid Denise and Beatrice Blackwell scoring 14 and 13, respectively. Leah Miller led Silex scorers with 12 pts, Elly Boothe had 10 pts, and Anna Hopkins had nine pts. As a team Silex had 36 total rebounds and Leah Miller had 11.

“As a coach, whenever you get a win you are happy,” said Flanagan. “Walking out with a win was very fulfilling because it showed even though we struggle we can find a way to win the game. I am very proud of the girls because they had to overcome some adversity and unusual circumstances to win the game.”