Crittenden 77, Dawson Springs 54
Crittenden 19 37 48 77
Dawson 7 13 29 54
Crittenden - Hodge 25, Tabor 22, Leidecker 11, Brantley 6, Johnson 5, Graham 2, Franklin 2, Courtney 2, Roberts 2, Mattingly, Head. FG. 24. 3-pointers 9 (Hodge 2, Tabor 4, Leidecker 3). FT. 2-5. Fouls 25.
Dawson - Lanham 14, Mills 5, Monroe 13, Hatton 7, McKnight 11, Black 2, Sutton 2. FG. 16. 3-pointers 1 (Lanham). FT. 19-35. Fouls 10.
After a six-day layoff between games due to snowy weather, the Lady Rockets got back on the winning track with a 77-54 road win at Dawson Springs Monday night.
They jumped out to a 23-7 lead in the first half and were never headed as guards Jessi Hodge and Laken Tabor had great performances to lead their team to victory.
Tabor had 22 points, five rebounds and four assists connecting on four of her team’s nine treys.
Meanwhile, Hodge only came up one assist and three rebounds shy of a triple double. The junior point guard poured in 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists as the visitors seized control of the contest from the outset.
After Crittenden experienced some early foul trouble, they switched to a 3-2 zone to try and protect any more players from getting into deeper trouble.
Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge was happy with her team’s defensive performance in spurts, but still wants to see a more consistent effort on that end of the court.
“We’re not handling screens as well as I would like for us to,” she said after the game.
Offensively, the visitors burned the nets up, shooting 33-of-64 for a tremendous 51.5 percent. That included an impressive 9-of-19 performance from three point land - the most treys they have made in a contest this season.
“Its nice to get a win that did not come down to the wire. You’ve got to be happy about that,” said Hodge.
The assist-to-turnover differential was also glaring in the contest. Crittenden handed out 20 assists compared to 13 turnovers, while the Lady Panthers only had one assist opposed to 15 turnovers.
Hodge also praised the play of young freshman Randa Leidecker, who scored 11 points, handed out a pair of assists and recorded a steal.
“I was glad to see her have a good night,” the Lady Rocket coach about her freshman.
One area she was displeased in was her team getting outrebounded 46-31 as well as surrendering 23 offensive rebounds against the Lady Panthers.
Another thing she disliked was the fact that her team sent the hosts to the free throw line 35 times in the contest. Although they only made 19-of-35 free throws, the Lady Rocket skipper knows they can’t afford to put an opponent on the line that many times.
Conversely, Crittenden only had five free throw attempts and Hodge believes they need to be attempting around 20 per game.
Eleven different Lady Rockets got in the game as their lead never dipped below double digits when they took the commanding first quarter advantage.