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Road blues at home no problem for Bulldogs

January 10, 2007

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Southwest's Jasmyn Turner defends during the Bulldogs' 51-36 win over Blue Valley Northwest.

Southwest's Jasmyn Turner defends during the Bulldogs' 51-36 win over Blue Valley Northwest.

Wearing blue road uniforms at home was not what the Southwest Bulldogs freshmen girls basketball team anticipated when they took the court Saturday morning against Blue Valley Northwest.

Because the visitors wore gray uniforms, the Bulldogs had to wear their road blues at home.

While the uniform change caused a minor inconvenience before the game, it didn't affect the Bulldogs' play when they took the court.

Behind a full-court man-to-man press to start the game, and a blend of inside and outside scoring the rest of the way, the Bulldogs remained undefeated on the season and breezed to a 51-36 win.

This season, as on Saturday, the Bulldogs (13-0) used full-court pressure to create turnovers and score easy transition baskets. The strategy helped the Bulldogs to a 17-6 first-quarter lead.

"We like to put a lot of pressure on them to hopefully cause a lot of problems," Bulldogs coach Michelle Karleskint said.

The backcourt duo of Jasmyn Turner and Cassie Potter along with post player Ashli Hill proved to be a constant problem for Blue Valley Northwest.

The trio led the way both on defense and offense for the Bulldogs. Hill scored eight first quarter points and 17 for the game. She also pulled down nine rebounds.

Turner scored 13 points and had three steals in the game while Potter had three steals in the first quarter alone. And at game's end, Potter had nine points and nine steals.

"She (Potter) has very quick hands, plays very good, aggressive defense for us," Karleskint said. "She most games can cause problems for the guards."

To start the second quarter, Potter stole the ball and made a nice assist to Turner, who scored on a layup. On the next possession, Turner returned the favor and made a nice inbounds pass to Potter for a score.

"When one of us isn't scoring enough, we're like, 'Let me score this time,'" Turner said.

Later in the quarter, Potter stole the ball again and streaked down court. She missed the layup, but Turner scored on the put-back, pushing the Bulldogs' lead to 23-11 with three minutes to play in the half.

After another basket by Turner, three points from Hill and a pair of free throws by Meghan Nutter, the Bulldogs held a comfortable 30-11 lead at the break.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs' trio blew the game wide open. Baskets by Turner and Hill from close range opened up the perimeter, and Potter sliced through the defense and later made a 3-pointer, extending the Bulldogs' lead to 43-15.

"We've all played together for a really long time," Potter said. "We just help each other out and play our game."

With the outcome of the game already determined, the trio spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench and watched as their teammates played the final minutes of their 13th win of the season.

"They've played really well," Karleskint said. "We have obviously played well and some games not as well. But they come out most games pretty hard."

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