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Examiner
  • Patriots overpower Stars

  • Truman’s girls basketball team got the train rolling right away Friday and encountered no meaningful resistance in keeping its record unblemished.

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  • Truman’s girls basketball team got the train rolling right away Friday and encountered no meaningful resistance in keeping its record unblemished.
    Facing a visit from St. Teresa’s Academy, the Class 5 third-ranked Patriots scored the game’s first 10 points, worked an effective zone offense and eased their way to an 11-0 record with a 65-44 victory at Truman High School.  
    “We played really well in the first quarter and built a lead,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “St. Teresa’s played well. They run an offense that’s hard to defend, and it was a competitive second half.”
    Before that, though, the Patriots got a 3-pointer from Kayla Harrell before the game was 10 seconds old, and all five Patriots contributed to the first 10 points while St. Teresa’s (3-8) turned the ball over four of its first five possessions.  Before the first quarter was half-done, Stars coach Chance Stephens had burned two timeouts and his team trailed 14-2.
    Truman led 21-7 at the first stop, and Abby Hix canned four 3-pointers in the second as the Patriots raised the advantage to 42-22 at halftime. An undersized St. Teresa’s team tried to combat with a 2-3 zone defense, but the Patriots moved the ball over, around and through on their way to shooting 16-of-24 in the first half.
    “We’ve been passing really well,” said Hix, who led all players with 18 points and added four assists. “The easiest shot is after a kickout from the post, and luckily I was hitting those shots.
    “It’s the first time this year we’ve played against a zone. It’s hard for teams to defend when we’re shooting well, and we got open shots and executed.”
    Becca Jonas collected a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Truman, while Ashley Guenther added 14 points and Harrell chipped in with seven points and four steals. All five starters had at least one steal.
    The Patriots cooled some in the second half but still shot 11-of-22 and never let the lead dip below 18, allowing Cassity to empty his bench in the fourth quarter. Twelve Truman players saw the court.
    “We haven’t seen a lot of zone because we shoot the ball well, but St. Teresa’s credit for trying,” Cassity said. “We’ve been a really good passing team this year. We moved the ball well tonight. I thought we did a really good job of making the extra pass to find the open shooter.”
    Maggie Herrington hit a trio of 3-pointers on her way to 13 points for St. Teresa’s, but Becca and Eleanor Lueke were next-best with six apiece. The Stars shot 17-of-43 from the floor and committed 18 turnovers.
     
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