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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Miami Valley Sports March 1

Eagle boys advance easily

Inside the Lines

Lady Raiders advance in hoops

Like looking in mirror

Feeling comfortable

Lady Tigers keep rolling

Tough way to finish season

Three point shooting sparks Lady Raiders

Bryant wins D I sectional title

Bath rolls to sectional crown

LCC girls move on to district in hoops

Elks stop Northmont

Lady Bolts whip Springfield

Wrestling team wins at Lakota East

Bolts end an era with win

Out manned Bucs bow out of tourney

Pitchers battling for spot in Reds rotation

Cedarville buzzsaw defeats Xenia Christian

Bailey may not be ready for Reds opener

Greeneview Rams advance

Rainbow threes fight off feisty Fairborn

Rams win sectional title

Cope places in two events at State

Hard work paying off

Tecumseh ousts Troy in sectionals 1st round

Tipp advances to sectional title game

Indians reach sectional title game

Vikings season ends

Win for Griffin

Troy football to begin interview process

Tipp advances

Trojans season ends

Troys Pascale Scott advance

Zelnicks legacy cemented at state meet

Girls Basketball Association to host tournaments

Lady Bolts fall in sectional

Bolts fall to Xenia in sectional

Tigers top Devils 83 58

Bulldog girls fall in OT

Eagles fall but seniors leave legacy

Patriots fall in sectional final

Seton Catholic starting five bears burden

Red Devils focus on selves

Jimmy Johnson Pulls Away

Mason Falls to Elyria

East Sophomore Crushes Record

Fairfield West Rolls

Lakota East Advances

East Girls Roll to Sectional

Mason to State

Missing Race Car recovered

Versailles wins sectional title

Bradford loses to Minster as Wildcat coach reaches milestone

Schondelmyer takes the reins at Tri Village

Murphy surprises self with quick success in college

Hard work leads to success for Pipenger

Fort Loramie eliminates Ansonia from postseason

Lady Patriots upset in sectional final

Tri Village tops Emmanuel Christian in tournament

Triad eliminates MV from tournament

After slow start FM defeats Miami Valley

Greenvilles Badell finishes 20th in state

Greenville defeats Springboro

Defense the Difference in South Win

This past week South went back to basics on defense during their preparation and it paid dividends in the opening round of the state tournament. It may have been first round jitters but South had problems scoring in the first quarter.  Anthony Augspurger finally scored the first points of the night after South went scoreless for the first 4 and a half minutes. But fortunately their defense had held West Liberty to just 6 points at that juncture. South finished out that first quarter strong and were only down by a point at the end of the first quarter (7-6).

In addition to a refocused defense, South hit the boards hard and despite West Liberty-Salem’s height advantage, they did a good of pulling rebounds off of the glass. They were very effective snagging defensive rebounds, which limited the Tigers ability to get points off of put backs. South played an aggressive man to man defense the entire game while the Tigers alternated between man to man and zone defenses.

At about the 3 minute mark of the second quarter, South got their first lead of the night.  The Tigers made their first defensive switch of the night dropping the man defense and going to a zone defense. But the Panthers proceeded to go on a little run to close out the first half with the lead 20-13.

South broke the game open in the second half. West Liberty had the South lead down to 2 points in the 3rd quarter.  Wes Cole then got into a shooting zone and scored 12 points in the quarter  and gave South an 8 point lead.  When West Liberty pressured the edge to get Cole out of his game, South fed the ball inside in the 4th quarter and went on a 10-2 run to extend the lead even more thanks to Augspurger who scored 9 of his 15 points in the last quarter. 

The Tigers went into a press in the last 5 minutes as they pulled out all of the stops in an effort to generate some points.  Being aggressive they fouled and South shot a decent 9 of 14 from the foul line.  South outscored West Liberty and was able to empty the bench in last minute and a half as they won 56-38.

“We talked this past week about how we played so well defensively in the first 12 games or so,” spoke coach Augspurger after the game, “and it wasn’t that we were a bad defensive team – but we were not doing things as well in the second half of the season. And this week we went back to doing drills, working on fundamentals and doing things the right way. And tonight I thought that we played 3 excellent quarters of defense. That was definitely the key to the game.”

Next he was asked about South breaking the game open in the second half, “It all started when Wes Cole got hot and started feeling it in the 3rd quarter. He hit a crazy shot at the end of the quarter to give us momentum. Then I thought that Anthony Augspurger did a great job of going inside and being strong in the 4th.  And we clamped the D back down - not giving them good looks and that was what made the biggest difference. At this point, you survive and move on.”

South will be playing Brookville on Tuesday at 6pm at Bellbrook High School, “Brookville is scary, they are playing better than when we played them the first time.  They know us and we know them – they chose to play us and they have had more time to get ready. Brookville plays in this league, so they play in this gym all the time so that is an advantage for them.  I just hope that we continue to be nasty on D and we will see what we see.”