By Gregg A. Sims
Washington Times Herald
Washington placed four players in double figures at the Hatchet House Saturday, defeating Gibson Southern ina girls basketball game, 69-44.
The Hatchets (10-5) used an aggressive, stingy defense and a running offense to open a 22-9 first-quarter lead and were never fronted from there.
"It's been a long time since we have defeated Gibson Southern," Washington coach Gretchen Miles said. "I think it's been at least a decade. It was nice to see us to get over seeing that names on the chest and come out ready to play." Audra Lane canned two 3-pointers and added to free throws in the opening period, while Audra Stallman added six points and Ally Hunsinger four.
"I thought when Audra hit those threes early, it really dictated the game," Miles said.
Lane gave Washington the lead with a 3-pointer as Washington raced away from the Titans (10-7). The 13-point lead was stretched in the second quarter to
48-20 at halftime, as Hunsinger finished the half with 13, Lane 11 and Stallman 10.
Washington¹s defense forced turnovers that led to easy baskets, the passing game was crisp and sharp on the offensive end and Washington¹s control of the paint was apparent. Miles said she was concerned before the game that it might be the Titans causing the errors.
"We were concerned with Gibson Southern's ability to apply pressure from endline to endline," Miles said. "We had to be able to weather the storm early to have the confidence to have the ball in our hands. I thought the girls did an outstanding job of staying on the attack, not staying waiting for the basket and cutting to it and the led up to an early lead for us from the beginning." Guard Kiana Smith paced the Titans with 10 points on two three¹s and four free throws. Maddie Raley had seven.
But Washington continued to find easy baskets in the third quarter with Stallman scoring eight points in the quarter for a 63-33 lead at the end of the third.
Mile said she enjoyed the quick pace that her team was able to employ, and the passing on the offensive end.
"We're just better when we're in transition," Miles said. ³When we can get that first miss and get it out to our guards who then can get into our post players, we think better and we play better. Hannah Mason did a great job of defense, but also passing offense. We were making the passes to where the person is going instead of where they have been. It¹s really a very unselfish crew." Stallman and Hunsinger both finished with 18 points for Washington, Lane had 13 and Lupe Perez, scored 10.
"I thought Ally and Audra (Stallman) both did such a nice job of controlling the inside," Miles said. "They made sure that was their home and no one was going to disrupt that. I thought we did a huge job of going to get the basketball instead of waiting for it to come to us. It has a lot to do with wanting it more than the other team." Smith was the only Titan in double figures with.
"Gibson Southern is a very young team and they will be better in the next couple of years," Miles said. "We had to find a win against a solid opponent, and that was huge for us."
GIBSON SOUTHERN 6 11 13 11 - 44
WASHINGTON 22 26 15 6 - 69
Gibson Southern (44) - Ashtin Seaton 1 0-0 1 3, Kianna Smith 4 4-4 0 15, Lora Barton 1 0-0 0 2, Jordan Robinson 0 0-0 1 0, Sydney Matsel 0 0-0 0 0, Alyssa Bright 2 1-2 2 5, Vailey Eberharrd 2 0-0 2 4, Maddie Raley 3 1-2 2 7, Emily Simpson 1 3-4 1 5, Holly Bittmer 1 0-0 3 3. Totals 15 9-12 12 44.
Washington (69) - Audra Lane 4 2-3 3 13, Lupe Perez 5 0-2 2 10, Emily Mahan
1 0-0 0 2, Audra Stallman 9 0-0 1 18, Ally Hunsinger 8 2-2 3 18, Hannah Mason 2 0-0 3 4, Cheyenne Jones 2 0-0 1 4, Kristen Lundy 0 0-00 0 0, Jenna Johnson 0 0-0 0 0, Shawna Webb 0 0-0 0 0, Carrie Lane 0 0-0 0 0, Izzy Wagoner 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 31 4-7 13 69.
3-point goals: 5 (Smith 3, Seaton 1, Simpson 1), Washington 3 (Lane).