By: Daniel Cooley
PIONEER –The Edgerton girls basketball team picked up its second win of the season in impressive fashion, with a 58-25 win over North Central.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled away by forcing 31 North Central turnovers, which led to a plethora of layups.
Edgerton used that pressure to outscore the Lady Eagles 32-9 in the second and third quarters combined, to take a commanding 43-16 lead after three quarters.
“(Full court pressure defense) was the game plan going in and this was a great win for us,” said Edgerton coach Marchetta Caryer.
“We needed a win, and we came into tonight’s game with a lot of intensity. And finally, we made a lot of layups tonight that we have been missing (throughout the season).”
Edgerton led by just 11-7 after one quarter, but outscored North Central 19-6 in the second quarter. That gave the Lady Bulldogs a commanding 30-13 halftime lead.
Next, Edgerton started the second half with a 10-0 run, to take a 40-13 lead, late in the third quarter.
Alivia Farnham and Ava Swank each scored four points during the run. Edgerton finished the game by outscoring North Central in the final stanza, 15-9.
Farnham finished with a double-double with 16 points, including two three-pointers and 10 rebounds.
Taylor Smith added 11 points in a balanced scoring attack that saw nine different Edgerton players reach the scoring column.
“This was a good all-around game for me tonight and I thought it was a great team effort,” Farnham said.
“We knew coming in that North Central struggled against the press, so we used that a lot tonight.”
“We’ve had some success against other teams with our pressure, so I think we’ll continue to do that.”
Edgerton improved to 2-10 overall. Isabelle Burnett led North Central (1-12) with six points.
EDGERTON (58) – Ritter 4; Gerschutz 2; Smith 11; Swank 6; Cape 6; Stuut 4, Farnham 16; Warner 6; Everetts 5; Keppeler 4; Blalock 0; Totals: 19-5-5 – 58
NORTH CENTRAL (25) – Walker 2; Cruz 0; Meyers 4; Burnett 6; Stewart 4; Zimmerman 3; Dominguez 2; Wright 4; Frame 0; Totals: 8-0-9 – 25
THREE POINT GOALS: Edgerton – Farnham 2, Smith, Cape
EDGERTON 11 19 13 15 – 58
N. CENTRAL 7 6 3 9 – 25
JUNIOR VARSITY: Edgerton, 30-26
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