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Examiner
  • Pats continue unbeaten roll with impressive win over Bishop Miege

  • Expectations were already high for the Truman girls basketball team at the start of the year, but the season’s first three weeks have elevated the Patriots’ prospects to another level.

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  • Expectations were already high for the Truman girls basketball team at the start of the year, but the season’s first three weeks have elevated the Patriots’ prospects to another level.
    After winning their first seven games by an average of 25.3 points, the Class 5 No. 6-ranked Pats added another resume booster Thursday by upending Bishop Miege 46-38 in the 18th annual Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
    Although the contest was close throughout, Truman never trailed after going up 26-24 halfway through the third period.  Statistically, the Pats dominated the Stags, who are seventh in Kansas’ 5A poll. Truman controlled the boards (28-17) and held Miege to 32.6-percent shooting while connecting at a 56.3 percent clip.
    “I think it’s huge,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “Miege, they’re a traditional powerhouse. They’re a great team this year, they’ve got the best coach in the city (Terry English), so anytime you beat a team like that it’s a big win and it’s an important win. It’s one of those wins you kind hang your hat on during the season.”
    After trailing 19-16 at halftime, the Pats’ guards pounded the ball down low to start the third quarter and Becca Jonas rewarded them with 10 of her game-high 21 points in the period on 5-of-6 shooting.
    “In a lot of our games this year in the third quarter we’ve had trouble getting started,” said Jonas, who also hauled in 10 rebounds. “This time we were like, ‘Let’s come out with intensity, energy and let’s do what other teams have done to us. Let’s punch them in the mouth and let’s get a lead.’”
    The Pats (8-0) outscored Miege 16-7 in the quarter to seize a 32-26 advantage. After drilling five 3-pointers in the first half, the Stags shot just 2-for-12 from behind the arc in the final two quarters – although Cassity said he couldn’t take credit for any brilliant defensive adjustments.
    “There was nothing really magical or tricky about it,” he said. “We just tried to dig in and play man to man defense.”
    Miege finally got something going offensively at the start of the fourth as Iland Shurn scored six straight points in the paint to slice the Truman lead to 36-32. But Abby Hix went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the period to finish with 14 points and help the Pats hold on.
    “We didn’t really play our ball in the first half,” said Hix, who also dished out five assists. “We came out in the second half and did what we’ve been doing all season. We passed it inside and let Becca and Ashley (Guenther) go up and get it and then we worked the ball around and got something going.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Guenther chipped in with nine points and Kayla Harrell grabbed seven boards and swiped four steals.
    After the game, Truman senior Sandra Chiles was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Hy-Vee for excelling as a scholar-athlete.
     
     
     
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