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Lady Eagles take down Sissies

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Decatur’s Shelby Drews took a hard fall to the hardwood at Decatur High School gym, forcing her to the bench for more than three minutes of the third quarter.

That was about the only thing that slowed down Drews Friday night as she poured in 22 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 58-37 victory over the Bridgeport Sissies.

“I don’t even know what happened. We were both going for the rebound and I fell,” said a smiling Drews after the game.

“It was a fun game. I like playing Bridgeport.”

Decatur (17-4) bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Krum to move to 2-1 in District 9-3A.

“They came back and played good,” said Decatur coach Billy Garner. “For Decatur and Bridgeport, they are always going to get up.”

The loss dropped Bridgeport (12-6) to 0-2 in the league after playing Krum and Decatur in its two opening games around an open date.

“The kids are working hard,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “This was the second game in a row where we just didn’t shoot the ball well.”

The Sissies hit just 3 of 17 shots in the first half, falling behind 28-11. Bridgeport also turned the ball over 12 times in the half, struggling against Decatur’s pressure and tight man-to-man defense in half-court sets.

“Our guards didn’t answer the call,” Taylor said.

Garner said it’s one of the few times this year for his squad to apply full-court pressure.

“We were going to pressure them. We thought we’d see what the pressure would do,” the Decatur coach said.

On the offensive end, Decatur routinely attacked the interior of the Sissies’ defense. The Lady Eagles scored all eight of their points in a game-opening first run inside the blocks, which included two baskets from Drews.

“They were smaller. We wanted to get the ball to our posts as much as could,” Drews said.

Despite foul trouble most of the night, Decatur post Katie Isham finished with 10 points. Macen Stripling added nine inside before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Drews’ 12-foot jumper from the wing in the final minute of the first quarter was the Lady Eagles’ first basket outside the lane and put the team up 12-2.

Drews opened the second quarter with a jumper just inside the 3-point line. She scored 11 points in the second quarter, including her 3-point play with 1:27 left in the half.

“She was very aggressive,” Garner said. “She forced it a couple of times but she did a good job.”

Decatur led 28-11 at the break and built the advantage to 41-19, going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Eagles doubled up the Sissies at 40-25 with 4:49 remaining on Drews’ basket and free-throw.

Bridgeport scored six of the game’s final nine points, including Megan Sturdivant’s 3-pointer at the final buzzer. Sturdivant finished with 13 points to lead the Sissies.

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