By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Berea Community Lady Pirates picked up their 15th win of the season Thursday, downing the Lady Hounds of Paris 65-52.
Jordan Sandefur lead three Lady Pirates in double figures with 20 points. Alexandria Horn had a big game as well finishing with 18 points, while Victoria Sexton added 10 before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
Ashley Sizemore finished with four points and Taylor Powell and Emily Keyser had two points each.
“I felt like this was a good team effort, everybody chipped in and got involved,” Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “I’m not sure our defense was great but I felt like we played hard and put the ball in the basket when we needed to.”
Berea’s pressure defense forced Paris into numerous first-quarter turnovers, which allowed the Lady Pirates to jump out to an early 10-3 lead that they extended to 18-8 by the end of the quarter.
After building their lead to 31-18 at the half, the Lady Pirates came out on fire to begin the second half.
Two quick baskets by Sexton and baskets by Horn and Sandefur quickly helped extend the lead out to 20 points at 39-19 just two minutes into the third quarter.
The Lady Hounds tried to fight back into it with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 39-26, but Sandefur answered with two free throws and a basket and Fain drained three three-pointers including one at the buzzer to extend the Berea lead to 52-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Paris came out to open the fourth quarter and switched to a 3-2 zone, which slowed down the Lady Pirate offense.
The Lady Hounds opened the fourth quarter with a 8-3 run to cut the lead to 55-44 two minutes into the quarter.
But after a time out, the Lady Pirates slowed the pace and began to find open looks on the inside where Sexton, Sizemore and Horn got easy baskets or were fouled and Paris could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Bingham said it was the quick trigger by his team against the zone that allowed Paris to make their run.
“When they switched to the 2-3, the quick shot got us in trouble,” Bingham said. “In the timeout I just tried to tell them this is what we are going to see down the stretch, let’s try to focus on execution here instead of just jacking up the first shot we see. When we did that we did much better.”
The Lady Pirates have now won two games in a row after dropping four in a row on the road. Bingham said his team’s rebounding was a big difference in the wins.
“These last two games we’ve really been going to the boards much better and when we do that we’re a much better team,” Bingham said. “And it’s not just the post players. The guards have been going and getting them too. It’s been a total team effort.”
Berea will be back in action on Saturday. The Lady Pirates will be on the road at Oneida Baptist Institute, not at home against Piarist as the schedule indicates.