Nevada girls cruise to victory over El Dorado Springs
By Ralph Pokorny
NEVADA -- The Nevada Lady Tigers took an early 7-0 lead over the 11-6 El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs and ended the night up 50-32 for the second win in their last five games.
"I'm awful proud of the team. It was a great team effort," Nevada head coach Brent Bartlett said after Friday's game.
While scoring in the first half was dominated by Tori Dahmer and Mikayla Bartlett, who scored 10 points each and Ashley Shumaker adding two for a 22-14 lead, the second half was different story with six of the Tigers putting up shots.
The balanced scoring in the second half was a big factor in the Tigers win, Bartlett said.
And a strong defense all season has figured in the Tigers success.
"The defense has been the key in trying to keep teams off balance," Bartlett said.
And after struggling with free throws all season, the Tigers sank 12 Friday, including five in the last two minutes.
The Tigers, now 12-9 will take on Springfield Central Monday night at about 7:30 in their final home game of the season.
Bartlett said he expects Monday's game to be the usual physical game Central brings, adding that Central has one D-1 caliber player back this year.
Earlier Friday the El Dorado JV beat Nevada 53-36.
Nevada girls 50, El Dorado Springs 32
Nevada: Tori Dahmer 17, Mikayla Bartlett 13, Morgan McNeley 8, Ashley Shumaker 6, Mackenzie Pritchett 3, Kelsey McCall 2, Bailey Harbit 1.
El Dorado Springs: Erin Bush 11, Sara Jennings 9, Kaili Simmons 5, Alexa Schaaf 4, Taylor Alumbaugh 3.