Garaway head coach realized the Lady Pirates’ basketball game versus an undermanned Indian Valley team might at some point and time turn lopsided in his team’s favor in the Inter-Valley Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 20 in Sugarcreek.
That was exactly what happened in the 63-12 blowout win, but Shutt said there was still plenty of good to come out of the game.
“This is a chance to work on some things that you might want to tweak or put in place for later down the road, so it was nice to get a chance to work on some of those types of things.”
One of those things was at the end of the half when Garaway ran a perfect pass-and-cut offense over the final 45 seconds of the half, until they found Cassy Donaldson in the corner. Donaldson launched a 3-pointer that nestled into the bottom of the net.
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Another key to the game came down to execution. Shutt said one of the key words the team talked about coming into the contest was making sure they focused on executing throughout the game. They did that, applying an especially smothering defense that forced the Braves into numerous turnovers.
The game also opened the door for a ton of playing time for Shutt’s bench, and they came through.
“We thought coming in that this would be an opportunity to get everyone a lot of playing time, and I thought everyone who came off the bench contributed in good ways,” Shutt said.
Sydney Mullet scored seven points in the first quarter, and Maddie Steiner tacked on four as Garaway bolted to a 17-5 lead through the first eight minutes. Indian Valley’s Karissa Dyer scored all five of the Braves’ points in the period.
However, Brittany Roth’s single free throw was the only point Indian Valley could muster in the second period while Garaway upped its lead to 30-6 as five Lady Pirates hit the scoreboard including four apiece from Mullet and Haley Shutt.
Garaway continued its onslaught throughout the third quarter, where the Braves got only a bucket from Dyer, as Garaway extended its lead to 52-8. In that period Garaway saw seven different players score on their way to an impressive 20-point quarter.
Kallie Regula buried a 3-pointer, Mullet added four more points, and Dyer and Roth both scored a pair for Indian Valley.
Dyer’s nine points and Roth’s three made them the only Braves players to find the score book. Shutt and Mullet scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Garaway. Regula added seven, Steiner and Zoe Johnson scored six apiece, Ashton Gerber and Donaldson scored five, and Makayla Miller chipped in with three.
“For the most part we moved the ball well, shared it and played a pretty solid game,” coach Shutt said. “We gave up a few too many offensive rebounds than I would have liked though. I told the kids if we didn’t get better, we were going to find ourselves up in the old gym working on 101 screen-outs.”
Coming off of a big win over a good Fairless team that Shutt said was one of the best games his team has played this year, it appears as though a Lady P’s run could be in the making.
“I think our effort has been really good lately,” Shutt said.