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Sissies overwhelm Lady Eagles, snap rivalry losing skid

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
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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 quarter. Often rushed into sets and forced into bad shots, the Sissies stymied Decatur down the stretch.

“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.

Bridgeport was led in scoring by guard Emily Vidal, who finished 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.

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