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Sandy Valley coach credits defense for win over TCC
Jan 04, 2014 11:22 PM
MAGNOLIA   It came down to experience and preparedness Saturday afternoon.
Sandy Valley High School cruised to a 37-17 victory over visiting Tuscarawas Central Catholic in an Inter-Valley Conference contest. 
Sandy Valley improved to 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference, while Central dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference. 
Sandy Valley head coach Terry Leek credited this win to the Cardinal defense, which kept the Saints at bay the entire game.
“I think our defense was pretty awesome and we mixed the defenses up and our the press in the first half was really good,” said Leek. “I thought the press and switching our defenses back and forth kept them a little off guard.”
Central head coach Mike Sweet said that his team hadn’t performed against an opponent on the court in about two weeks.
“We’re not playing with any intensity; we’re not playing with any effort,” said Sweet. “Our girls didn’t play with intensity and get after it, and that team (Sandy Valley) did, and that’s the difference.”
“We didn’t match their intensity.” 
In the opening quarter, Alivia Schneider drove the ball down court to give the Cardinals their first points of the game. That basket was a a catalyst that started an eight-point run by Sandy Valley in the first quarter, which saw a total of four Cardinals scoring. 
The Saints’ first points came with just under two minutes left in the frame when Gabrielle Fredericks scored from the field and Jenna Tolloti pitched in a foul shot. 
That’s where the Sandy Valley defense only allowed Central to score three points kept the Saints from scoring in double figures in each quarter that rest of the game. 
In the third quarter, Sandy Valley went on a 10-0 run to open the contest up.
Leek said that the Cardinals going on scoring runs is nothing out of the ordinary and it starts with good defense.
“We do have runs from time to time and whenever you press, that’s the kind of thing that happens,” said the SV coach. “You get a few steals, you get a few runs. But then on the other hand if they break the press, they’re shooting layups. There’s risk/reward type thing with that. And most of the time we do a pretty good job with it.”
Cortney Huffman, Chelsea Kotlar, Rebecca Dix and Victoria Eyster each contributed points to the run, which brought the score to 33-10 going in to the final frame. Lauren Fredericks gave Central its only two points. 
Huffman almost recorded a double-double as she scored 12 points for the Cardinals and had nine rebounds. Sadie Bowling added eight points and five steals for the winners.
In the final eight minutes, Central outscored Sandy Valley 7-4. But those seven points weren’t enough to catch up to the Cards, who ran the final seconds of the clock. 
Gabrielle Fredericks led the Saints with six points, all contributed from the floor. Sweet and Maggie Dominick each grabbed down five boards.
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TIMES-REPORTER PAT BURK n Sandy Valley s Mercedes Bowling drives to the hoop past Tuscarawas Central Catholic s Rachel Sweet during Saturday s game at Sandy Valley

Sandy Valley coach credits defense for win over TCC