SHS upsets EHS in MSC battle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00
    The Eastern and Salem girls' basketball teams were on a collision course to face one another on Nov. 30.
    The Lady Lions entered the contest with a 4-1 record and the Lady Musketeers were a perfect 4-0.
    When all was said and done, Salem kept momentum and left the gym with a 48-47 win.
    The game was filled with excitement on both sides.
    Eastern took the lead late when Emily Newcomb scored on a run out with just under 30 seconds remaining.
    Salem's Annie Newkirk got the ball on the inbounds play, drove the length of the floor and scored a basket.
    Newkirk was also fouled on the play and convert the free throw that gave the Lady Lions a lead.
    The Lady Musketeers still had two opportunities to answer.
    Melissa Lewis missed a shot, but her teammate, Jocelyn Mousty was on the other side of the rim for the rebound.
    She went up for a wide-open layup, but couldn't convert.
    Salem got the rebound and missed two free throws that could have iced the game, but Mousty missed a half court shot at the buzzer.
    “The inbound pass was supposed to go to Megan (Smith),” Newkirk said of her game-winning drive. “She is taller and that would allow her to throw it over (Eastern's) center. I ended up getting it and was just worried about pushing it down the floor. I knew we didn't have much time.”
    Eastern Head Coach Mike McBride said the story for his team was missed opportunities.
    “Salem is very good and they outplayed us,” he said. “. . . We missed layups around the basket and perimeter shots. It was just a very poor shooting night, but then you have to credit Salem for some of that with their defense.”
    The Lady Musketeers hit just 16 of 62 shots from the field for a shooting percentage of 25.8 percent against the Lady Lions' man-to-man defense.
    “Salem really played their game,” McBride said. “They felt like they could match up with us size-wise. Their post players were very aggressive, but the one who killed us was Newkirk. She was all over the place and made a big difference.”
    Newkirk led the way for the Lady Lions with 24 points.
    “I know we can be pretty good,” Newkirk said. “We've all been really good about working together. We haven't had the same leading scorer in any of our games. That makes us tough to stop because you don't know who to guard.”
    On paper, Eastern's leader was Mousty. She had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.
    But the flip side of Mousty's stat line was that she also had seven turnovers and only hit five of 25 shots from the floor.
    For Salem, it was their first win over Eastern in more than two seasons.
    Lady Lion Head Coach Laura Motsinger said the win over the Lady Musketeers was a good one for her team.
     “That was a great Eastern team,” she said. “They have strong guards and strong post players, but I really feel like we do too. We usually play zone, but I knew if we played zone against them, their guards were capable of making shots. We really stressed defense and worked on our man-to-man and it paid off.”
    Eastern was back in action Saturday (Dec. 5) and suffered a 62-54 loss to Brownstown. Salem continued their winning ways with a 43-36 win over Orleans Thursday (Dec. 3).
    The Lady Lions' next game will be at home Thursday (Dec. 10) against the Brownstown Lady Braves.
    The Lady Musketeers will host West Washington (Dec. 10).
    'The loss could be a really good thing for us,” McBride said. “If we handle it the right way and really look at some of the mistakes we made, I think it could be a spring board for us to keep things going.”
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