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Girls Basketball: East Aurora shuts down Waubonsie

Updated: December 15, 2012 12:24AM

The term “defensive battle” is often used, but it was that and more at East Aurora on Friday as the host Tomcats held Waubonsie Valley scoreless in the first quarter and to only eight points by the end of the half.

East held the clamp down the rest of the way, caused 31 Warriors turnovers altogether, and won the low-scoring Upstate Eight Valley affair 33-19.

The Cats used some full court pressure, and some zone and man-to-man defense to shut out Waubonsie early.

“We worked on a lot of pressing, and dropping into a zone from the press,” said Tomcats center Desiree Rhodes. “Everybody knew where to go tonight, which was amazing as a team. I think we did great.”

Rhodes (seven points) and Tyshee Towner (game-high 14 points) each drove for scores and Rhodes had a putback to give East its early margin.

With Ryaen Johnson, Taylor Ameri (six points), and Morgan Grastorf giving the Warriors a definite height advantage, they were still only able to put eight points on the board in the second quarter.

But the Tomcats (4-6, 2-3) showed much more patience against Waubonsie’s aggressive man-to-man defense, turning it over only four times in the first half. Although only scoring only seven points for the night, the 6 -1 Rhodes was a strong presence in the middle.

East’s lineup of Rhodes, Towner, Daisy Sanchez, Brandi McAllister (eight points), and Aisha Dean (with help from Tamara Davis and Jubilee Fleming) continued to work and caused 11 more Warriors turnovers in the third, while allowing no field goals. The Cats did not shoot well, but Waubonsie didn’t even get shots as the battle continued in the frame.

“We practiced the whole week on what they do,” said Towner. “Our shots weren’t going in and theirs weren’t either. But they didn’t handle our press well, so we stuck with it and got points off their turnovers.”

The Warriors switched to a 1-3-1 zone at the start of the fourth quarter, but McAllister knocked down a trey to stretch the margin to 27-14 with 4:55 left to ice things.

“We both have young teams, and I thought we would do better offensively,” said East assistant coach Lee Clayborn, as head coach William Anderson didn’t have much of a voice. “We turned it up on defense, got in the passing lanes, and caused a lot of havoc.”

The Warriors are still searching their first win, and are now 0-10 and 0-4 in the UEC Valley.

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