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Lady Patriots too much for HV

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
STAR CORRESPONDENT
Sullivan East came out firing from long range on Wednesday evening at Bayless gymnasium connecting on five first period trey’s – nine for the game – in a 73-42 Three Rivers Conference victory over Happy Valley.
Guard Emma Aubrey had three shots beyond the arc and forward Jenna Hare added two more as the Lady Patriots raced to a 22-6 first period lead.
“They came out and hit some three’s and we didn’t close out well enough,” Lady Warriors head coach Dana Hill said. “I was proud of the kids. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect the effort they gave us in the second half. They competed and that is all I can ask for.”
East (13-3, 3-0 TRC) extended to a 37-18 halftime lead with Hare scoring 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. Happy Valley got a lift offensively in the second half from post Kadie Bailey who scored 19 points, hitting on three treys of her own.
“Kadie can do that,” Hill said. “She played extremely well and we are young you have to understand that. But Kadie when she gets hot can light it up.
“I think some of the teams come in here with a little swagger and we get a little scared and terrified because we don’t quite believe yet.”
The Patriots continued to pour it on in the second half enjoying a 55-32 advantage going into the final stanza. Aubrey finished with 16 points with Hannah Hodge adding 12 and Haley Grubb scored 10.
Senior guard Olivia Absher scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Warriors.
Junior Varsity
Sullivan East 72
Happy Valley 52
The JV Warriors played well in the first half in transition and built a 36-24 halftime lead behind eight points each from Gabby Wood and Marcinda Moore, neither of whom played in the second half as they also are varsity players.
The Lady Patriots came roaring back in the second half outscoring HV 48-16 in the second half. Gracie Rolston scored a team-high 19 points with Abby McCarter adding 17 and Kylie Hurley 14.
HV post Scarlett Zeoli scored a game-high 22 points with Holly Moore scoring seven and Julie Nieminsk adding six.

Girls Varsity
Sullivan East 73-42
Sullivan East (73)
Aubrey 16, Nelson 9, Hodge 12, Hare 21, Grubb 10, Hicks 3, Ashbrook 2.
Happy Valley (42)
H. Moore 1, Wood 5, Blevins 5, Absher 12, Bailey 19.

Sullivan East 22 15 18 18 – 73
Happy Valley 6 12 12 10 – 42
3-point goals: SE 9 (Aubrey 4, Hare 2, Nelson, Grubb, Hicks). HV 4 (Bailey 3, Blevins).