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|Lady Rebels win first two playoff games|
Closing out the game on a 15-0 run and holding Dominican scoreless for the final 5:01, the West Monroe Lady Rebels won their second round playoff game Monday night, 69-47.
Junior Kassietta Brown led the Lady Rebels with a game-high 19 points and guard Jasmine Jones chipped in with 16. Amy Sprout led Dominican with 15 in a losing effort.
A back-and-forth game early on, West Monroe went on a 8-2 run near the end of the first quarter to take a 20-12 advantage; a lead that they would subsequently never relinquish.
"There was no doubt about our gameplan heading into this game," West Monroe head coach John Green said. "Our gameplan changes from game-to-game, but in this contest we wanted to make it an unconventional game. The way they (Dominican) plays, they could be on offense for two minutes and pass the ball 100 times and you are just sitting around chasing the ball.
"We wanted to take advantage of some of the athletic ability that we had and make it a crazy game. We believed we could make that happen by making it an up-tempo game. Whenever a team had scored 50+ points on them they had lost so we wanted to get the game into the 50-60's on the scoreboard."
Dominican cut the lead to 25-21 on a 3-pointer by Molly Emig with 7:42 to go in the second quarter, but that was the last points they put on the scoreboard for the next 7:15 and the last field goal for the next 11:01. The Lady Rebels responded by increasing their lead to as much as 15 at 39-24 with 4:52 to go in the third quarter.
"We were able to cause some turnovers that allowed us to get some transition points as well," Green said. "I thought overall that it was a typical Dominican team. They made their run and were in the game in the fourth quarter but fortunately enough for us we didn't let them do it."
Not willing to concede the game, Dominican would go on a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 54-47 with 5:01 remaining on a Sprout bucket. Those were the last points for Dominican.
"I knew in the fourth quarter we had a 16-point lead with Jasmine's lay-up," Green said.
"Then the next thing I know the lead all of a sudden is back to single digits. I was concerned because I thought they (Dominican) were turning up the heat on the press and we got lazy with the basketball a couple of times and it looked as though they were going to get back into the game."
West Monroe 77, Assumption 55
Trailing for only 2:29 the entire game, the West Monroe Lady Rebels defeated
Assumption in their bi-district playoff game last Thursday 77-55.
Junior point guard Jasmine Jones led the Lady Rebels with a game-high 26 points and Kassietta Brown added 23. Ashley Lewis also had 12 for West Monroe .
Britney Davis led Assumption with 18 points and Danyell Oliver had 15 in a losing effort.
Falling behind after Davis hit a 3-pointer on Assumption's first possession, the Lady Rebels immediately responded as they went on a 12-2 run with eight of the points coming from Brown, to grab a 12-5 lead and take control of the game.
"You always head into the playoffs with some uncertainty," Lady Rebels Head Coach John Green said. "Every team that you will play has had a successful winning season. You just hope that you play well enough to win and move on.
"Our gameplan was to put a lot of pressure defensively on them (Assumption). We felt that was an advantage that we had. We knew we could create turnovers and in-turn create transition baskets. That was our number one goal."
Up 16-13 with 2:15 to go in the opening quarter, the Lady Rebels went on a big run, this time 13-0 to make it a 27-13 advantage. The West Monroe defense spearheaded the run as they held Assumption scoreless for 4:09.
Up 46-28 at the half, the Lady Rebels rested their starters yet build on their lead en route to the victory.