Solid D, free throw shooting sends Pine to victory

Published 9:14 am Monday, February 9, 2015

Pine’s Lady Raiders knocked down nearly all of their free throws and played solid defense throughout in a 67-48 victory over Archbishop Hannan at home Tuesday in a District 8-2A contest.

“One thing that we’ve had a downfall with all year was our free throws, but we pulled it through tonight,” said Pine’s Laken Breedlove, who scored 12 points. “Everybody worked their (tails) off and did their job.”

Both teams were on target from the line all night. The Lady Raiders hit their first 15 free throws and finished 23 for 27 (85.1 percent). Hannan went 14 for 17 (82.3).

Pine’s defense did a nice job of creating turnovers, which allowed the Lady Raiders to get fastbreak opportunities and get to the charity stripe.

The Lady Raiders held Hannan without a field goal until there were 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

Pine coach Eddie Vaughn said the defense keys the offense.

“I’m not going to kid anybody. We’re not some spectacular offensive team,” Vaughn said. “What we’re able to do is if we’re able to get some running opportunities and get ourselves 10 or 20 points off the run, that’s very important to us. Then we do the best we can offensively as far as trying to execute a little bit.”

Pine jumped out to a 9-0 lead halfway through the first quarter.

Breedlove opened the scoring with a shot from the base line at the 5:48 mark. Then she went to the bucket for two just 30 seconds later and it was 4-0.

Breyanna Brown, who scored a game-high 17 points, made a steal and hit the ensuing layup to make it 6-0.

Ny Ny Robertson, who had seven, then hit a shot, got fouled and converted the 3-point play. It was 9-0 with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter.

Hannan got on the board at the 3:12 mark when Mallory Kramer split from the line to make it 9-1.

Robertson knocked down two free throws after pulling down an offensive rebound with 2:30 on the clock.

Kennedy Martin hit the Lady Hawks’ first field goal, trimming the lead to 11-3 and then Brown closed out the period’s scoring with bucket. Pine took a 13-3 advantage to the second quarter.

The Lady Raiders continued to up the lead throughout the second quarter.

They essentially put the game away late in the half.

Martin, who totaled 12 points for Hannan, hit two free throws with 19.8 seconds remaining to make it a 31-16 contest.

But Pine added to its lead.

Kaylee Turnage found Savannah Kennedy for two with 10 seconds left and then Turnage, who posted 14 points and hit all six of her free throws, was good on a layup at the buzzer, giving Pine a 35-16 lead at halftime.

Turnage tallied the first two points of the second half on a pair of free throws for a 37-16 advantage.

From that point on, Pine’s lead never went below the 17-point mark.

The Lady Raiders had a 52-25 lead after three before capping the 67-48 victory.

The win put Pine at 19-7 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Chelsey Turnage had nine for Pine while Morgan Thomas put up four. Hannah Ard and Savannah Kennedy finished with two each.

Pine is back home facing Northlake Christian School today.

The loss puts Archbishop Hannan’s record at 16-8 overall and 3-3 in district. Rachael LePere led the Lady Hawks with 14 points, while Sydney Bagby was just a point behind. Reilly Roberts had four while Miranda Kramer and Jeanne-Marie Guillot added two each, and Mallory Kramer contributed one.