PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth girls’ basketball team opened up its 2012-13 season in with a 48-24 victory at Peru.
There may be a new head coach at the helm but the team and style of play was business as usual for the Pilgrims using a smothering defense to lead the way to a 48-24 victory against the Peru Lady Tigers.
“Our defensive philosophy has worked for several years,” Said new Lady Pilgrim coach Dave Duncan. “When something is working for us we aren’t going to go away from it.”
The first quarter of the game was sloppy for both teams. Plymouth struggled early against Peru’s extended 2-1-2 half-court trapping defense and turned the ball over nine times in the frame. Peru had problems hanging on to the ball as well, turning it over eight times to the Lady Pilgrims. Both teams also saw foul trouble early in the game. Plymouth fouled into the bonus halfway through the period and Peru soon followed, putting the Lady Pilgrims at the line with 1:41 left in the first quarter.
Plymouth settled down in the second quarter to start to pull away from the hosts. Sophomore point guard Haley Harrell started a seven-point run with a basket and foul after the shot. She went to the line and sank one of two free throws to put Plymouth up by four. She hit a basket on the next possession and then Andria Shook found Amber Redinger open under the bucket to finish the run. Sophomore Kaydon Fosler finished the scoring for the first half with a 3-point basket off an assist from Lauren Tanner to give the Lady Pilgrims a 25-15 halftime lead.
Plymouth came out more aggressive in the second half and used some dribble penetration and quick passes to break the Peru defense and found some open shots. The Lady Pilgrims rattled off seven straight points once again to extend its lead to 17 halfway through the quarter.
“We talked about penetrating a little more and getting some ball reversals,” Duncan said of his halftime adjustments. “The middle was open and we talked to Hunter (Stevens) about flashing to the opening. She was able to do that and we got some quick scores off of it.”
Plymouth used its defense to finish off the game in the fourth quarter. The Lady Pilgrims allowed only three points in the frame, highlighted by back-to-back steals and run outs by Fosler with two minutes left in the game to seal the victory for the Lady Pilgrims.
“That type of play is something that we expected out of Kaydon (Fosler),” said Duncan. “We have seen that in practice and knew that she was capable of playing like that.”
Fosler came off the bench to lead Plymouth in scoring with 15 points. Redinger and Harrell pitched in 11 and 10 points respectively.
Duncan was happy with the win but still sees some areas for improvement.
“We always try to find out where we stand as a team in the first game,” he said. “We wanted to come out aggressive and we didn’t adjust fast enough for the way that the officials were calling the game. That is just something that is going to happen in the first game. We can use that at practice now and make some improvements.”
Plymouth continues its season Thursday with another road trip, this time to Bourbon to face the Triton Lady Trojans. The junior varsity will tip-off at 6 p.m. followed immediately by the varsity contest.
• PLYMOUTH 48, PERU 24
Score by quarters
Plymouth: 7 25 36 48
Peru: 4 15 21 24
PLYMOUTH (48): Lauren Tanner 1 0-2 3, Andria Shook 0 1-2 1, Hunter Stevens 2 2-2 6, Bailey Brown 0 0-0 0, Kirstin Riise 0 0-0 0, Kaydon Fosler 6 2-6 15, Haley Harrell 4 2-5 10, Allie Wright 0 0-0 0, Dylan Holiday 1 0-0 2, Amber Redinger 4 3-4 11, Shannon Stephenson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 18 10-21 48.
3-point goals: Plymouth 2 (Tanner, Fosler); Turnovers: Plymouth 26; Rebounds: Plymouth 28 (Harrell 8); Assists: Plymouth 6 (Tanner 4); Steals: Plymouth 25 (Redinger 6); Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 18 (Tanner).
Records: Plymouth 1-0, Peru 0-1.
JV score: Plymouth 39, Peru 26.