DUNLAP, Tenn.–A year after the departure of stars like Lakelyn Bouldin and Carly Cole and currently under the helm of a new head coach, the Eaglettes got all they could handle Monday night as they put up their lowest scoring total of the season against a vibrant Indian squad.
Defense played a very keen role in this matchup as Van Buren County tends to rely on the three with its current roster. Only two shots from outside the arc made it in the basket with their first not coming until the second quarter from Tilly Dodson.
“We shot a bunch of threes,” Eagles head coach Tyler Sapp said. “We just didn’t make a lot. Usually, we’re good to make six or seven a night, and we hit two tonight. That’s a huge thing. And we didn’t rebound worth a lick.”
The Indians came in on a two-game losing skid, trying to pick their second straight home win.
“Coming in, we wanted to get pressure on the ball,” Sequatchie County head coach Ronnie Davis said. “We didn’t want them to have any uncontested threes, which they had some, but they didn’t hit a lot. We were also trying to be patient on offense and get a good shot against them.”
The Indians took over early with a 10-point lead late in the first quarter where they held the Eagles to 5 points. It was the combination of Ireland Burch and Jordan Smith that made their play deadly from the inside out Monday night.
As the second quarter came, the Indians offense died down a little bit but kept a stable lead over the Eagles, who seemed undersized and outmanned at times. The Indians would put the foot to the petal in the third before cruising to the finish line with second-teamers and freshmen out on the court.
“We don’t have a lot of playing depth,” Davis said. “We can go about seven-deep, the you have a drop off. As the year goes on, we’ll have more kids that can play. They’ll work harder in practice if they know they’re going to get to play. We’ve got to work on getting them a lot of playing time. We’ve got some great players there if they can get some experience.”
What depth they did have stayed conditioned throughout the game with little substitution until the closing minutes of the contest.
Van Buren County, though, has an easier road ahead because of their brutal, front-heavy schedule with teams closer to the middle and northern parts of the state where basketball tend to be on a higher learning curve. Their loss to Sequatchie County is only the latest in a line of a opponents the Eaglettes have scheduled in order to better themselves in the long run.
“Our schedule helps us quite a bit,” Sapp said. “It goes back to the fact that we don’t play on the road that well. Going up there and seeing those harder teams, it does help us with our district, though, which is not as good as what’s up there.”
The Eagles travel to Richard Hardy while Sequatchie County travels to Marion County in their next matchups. Both of those games are slated for Tuesday night with a girls’ start time of 6:00 PM CDT.
VBHS — 5 | 11 | 6 | 8 || 30
SCHS — 13 | 11 | 19 | 12 || 55
VBHS (30) — Mallory Christian (16), Tilly Dodson (7), Kinzie Johnson (2), Hannah Sullivan (2), Mayla Clendenon (2), Sydney Bouldin (1)
SCHS (55) — Jordan Smith (20), Ireland Burch (14), Gracie Tate (8), Jenifer Tholken (8), Allie Condra (4), Peyton Longson (1)
VBHS (2) — Tilly Dodson (1), Mallory Christian (1)
SCHS (3) — Jordan Smith (3)
VBHS (10) — Mallory Christian (5), Tilly Dodson (2), Kinzie Johnson (1), Hannah Sullivan (1), Mayla Clendenon (1)
SCHS (16) — Ireland Burch (6), Jordan Smith (3), Gracie Tate (3), Jenifer Tholken (3), Allie Condra (1)