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Basketball: Reed, Lady Eagles fly past Sissies – Decatur guard scores 14 in second half

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 23, 2016
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After a foul-filled, tightly-contested first half, Decatur’s Macee Reed went on the attack in the third quarter.

TAKING CHARGE – Decatur’s Macee Reed aggressively took the ball to the basket in the second half, leading the Lady Eagles past Bridgeport. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Reed hit a pair of jumpers on the perimeter and then put the ball on the floor to get to the basket in a 10-point frame. Reed finished with a game-high 18 points in leading the Lady Eagles to a 46-36 victory over the Bridgeport Sissies at Decatur High School gym.

“They were playing [tight] defense, so it was easy to backdoor them and get to the basket,” Reed said.

“This is a big win for us. We’re going to enjoy it, but the next time out we’ve got to come with the same intensity.”

Decatur (16-9, 3-0) took over sole possession of first place in District 8-4A with the victory over the league’s other previously unbeaten team.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Decatur coach Billy Garner. “Everybody contributed. It was a great team win. It was big game. They came through and played well.”

Aside from the big offensive game from Reed, Decatur controlled the glass, outrebounding Bridgeport 31-14 for the game.

“That’s a big thing we worked on in practice. Every rebound is another possession,” Reed said.

Decatur pulled down four offensive rebounds on its opening possession of the second half that ended in a Reed jumper to put the Lady Eagles up 25-24.

Decatur never trailed after that with Reed hitting another jumper at the top of the arc and then capping a 6-0 run with a layup in transition. She added another layup and a floater on another drive that pushed Decatur’s lead to 33-25.

“All year, we’ve harped on being more aggressive with the ball. She really did it in the third quarter and gave us a spark and cushion,” Garner said.

Bridgeport got as close as five early in the fourth quarter on an Abbi Hatton putback. Hatton led the Sissies with eight points.

The next trip down the floor Decatur’s Hannah Dunning drained a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight, 38-30. Dunning finished with 10.

Defensively, Decatur limited Bridgeport to just four offensive rebounds.

“We knew coming in their size would be a factor,” Garner said. “We had to play good defense, box out and rebound. A possession wasn’t over until we possessed the ball.”

Bridgeport seized an early 9-3 lead with a pair of baskets in the paint from Gabby Mindieta. But foul trouble cooled the hot start for the Sissies. Four Bridgeport players – Mindieta, Hatton, Taylor Stone and Elaina Peyton – picked up three fouls in the first half.

“We started off good and then the officials got into the game,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “Our aggressiveness, went away and we struggled to find it the rest of the way.”

Bridgeport had just six field goals after the first quarter.

Decatur also quickly found foul trouble with point guard Sidney Carter picking up two quick fouls in the first three minutes. She also was whistled for a third foul after returning for a minute in the second quarter.

Decatur turned to Kaylee Rhine to give them important minutes. Rhine came through with seven first-half points and dished out a pair of assists.

“Kaylee did an excellent job,” Garner said.

Rhine’s layup broke a tie at 18 and gave Decatur a lead it carried into halftime 23-22.

DECATUR 46, BRIDGEPORT 36

Bridgeport … 11 … 11 … 6 … 8 … – … 36
Decatur … 11 … 12 … 10 … 13 … – … 46

BRIDGEPORT (16-10, 2-1) – Kristen Grooms 6, Elaina Peyton 5, Morgan Davidson 2, Taylor Stone 6, Abbi Hatton 8, Delaney Ingram 2, Gabby Mindieta 7.

DECATUR (16-9, 3-0) – Sidney Carter 2, Shaylee Smith 2, Kaylee Rhine 7, Raena Slate 2, Abbie Heiens 4, Macee Reed 18, Hannah Dunning 10, Madison Kyle 1.

FIELD GOALS – Bridgeport 10-31; Decatur 14-30. 3-pointers – Bridgeport 1-10 (Peyton 1); Decatur 3-6 (Dunning 2, Reed 1). Free throws – Bridgeport 15-22; Decatur 15-29. Rebounds – Bridgeport 14 (Hatton 3); Decatur 31 (Dunning 6, Reed 6, Heiens 5). Turnovers – Bridgeport 10; Decatur 14.

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