Basketball: Sissies overwhelm Lady Eagles

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Tangled Up

TANGLED UP – Bridgeport’s Emily Vidal hits the floor fighting for a loose ball. Vidal scored a game-high 12 points in the Sissies’ win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

It took almost three quarters, but Bridgeport’s full-court press eventually wore down the Decatur Lady Eagles on Tuesday night.

After allowing a few easy baskets to start the second half, the Sissies quickly mounted an 8-0 run. Fueled by turnovers and deflected passes, Bridgeport slowly started to gain separation.

Capitalizing off a bevy of Decatur miscues, the Sissies pulled away from the Lady Eagles for a 51-36 win on the road.

“Defensive intensity [was the key],” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “We got up and got after them and took advantage of their turnovers in transition.”

While Decatur somewhat handled Bridgeport’s intense press in the first half, the Lady Eagles had trouble establishing a rhythm in the third and fourth quarters. The Sissies stymied Decatur down the stretch, forcing rushed shots.

“They were never able to get into an offense,” Taylor said. “[Our press] doesn’t allow them to get into an offensive set. The more we have the ball in our hands, the better.”

Offensively, Bridgeport made a living in transition and pushing the tempo. In a game that featured numerous loose balls and errant passes, the Sissies turned most of them into points.

Guard Emily Vidal led the Sissies with a game-high 12 points. Vidal hit several key shots in the waning moments, including a layup in traffic with under three minutes remaining to give the Sissies a double-digit lead.

“I tried to step up and keep everybody positive,” Vidal said. “[Those baskets] just got me going and helped me cheer my teammates up even more.”

The win moves the Sissies to 17-5 on the season and 2-2 in District 9-4A play. The victory also snaps a two-game losing skid for Bridgeport against Decatur, as the Sissies lost both of their matchups with the Lady Eagles last season.

Rivalry Win

RIVALRY WIN – Bridgeport freshman Logan Walsh leads a fast break during the Sissies 51-36 win over rival Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Taylor said the win wasn’t as much about the rivalry as it was Bridgeport overcoming multiple obstacles. The Sissies entered Tuesday’s game shorthanded, with 6’2 post Delaney Ingram and 5’10 posts Jade Hall and Cheyanne Weirich sidelined with injuries.

“Us overcoming some big-time adversity and getting a win in district play is huge,” Taylor said. “Decatur did a good job tonight. We played well, but getting a win through the adversity we’re having to play through is big.”

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