Lady Musketeers remain perfect with wins over Corydon and CC PDF Print E-mail

After winning the Floyd Central Shootout to end 2011, the Eastern Lady Musketeers have continued their winning in the new year.
They turned back Corydon xx-xx on Jan. 5 and followed that with a 72-47 win over visiting Crawford County last Saturday.
Eastern used what they have all year to turn back the Lady Wolfpack – a relentless defense and a solid inside-out attack.


One of the biggest defensive keys to the game was on Crawford’s offensive weapon Chelsea Jellison.
The Lady Musketeers held her to just four points and didn’t allow her to make a three-point basket.
Senior Emily Newcomb was charged with that assignment, but when she hit her head early in the game diving out of bounds for a lose ball, Katie Erntsberger came in off the bench and continued to hound Jellison.
“Obviously she was our focal point and we wanted Emily to shadow her the hole game,” McBride said. “We weren’t going to leave her or help off of her, but then Emily went down and I was scrambling a little bit.
“Katie can be a very good player. She started 10 games for us. She is a great defender and is quick enough. She understands our defensive schemes. All she really needs is to continue to work on offense and get better at taking care of the basketball and she can really help us down the stretch.
The 25-point win might have kept Eastern’s perfect record alive at 14-0, but it wasn’t overly impressive.
After jumping out to an 11-3 lead, the Lady Musketeers allowed Crawford to hang around, before creating some breathing room in the second half.
“We just didn’t start real well and weren’t focused,” he said, “but, it’s still a win, a good win.”
Eastern was led offensively by Krista Roberts with 23 points and five rebounds.
McBride said Roberts is a talented player, but is also aided by her teammates, including the amount of attention other teams are paying to Jocelyn Mousty. 
“(Roberts) is shooting right at 68 percent on the season,” he said. “She does a real nice job of playing off Jocelyn and the team does a nice job of getting her the ball. Jocelyn is able to find her and get her easy buckets.”
By Mousty’s standards, her 11 point, nine rebound performance is an off night, but McBride said she is able to some other things that help the team keep winning.
One of the most important things, he said, is finding open teammates.
“Our challenge is to understand that it’s about team basketball,” McBride said. “Against Corydon we had 11 assists on 15 makes and Jocelyn had six of those. She had several more tonight. We can really utilize the fact that teams are trying to take her away. They are going to double and triple team her and she has to understand that we have a great team, that can really take care of things offensively.
“Her chances are going to come because when it comes to play teams that we are matched up against fairly equally, they are going to have to play us one-on-one.”
The Lady Musketeers now turn their attention to four Mid Southern Conference games in a row. They played Charlestown Tuesday (Jan. 10) and will travel to Clarksville for a showdown against the Lady Generals Friday.