BV Area dominating in 65-31 romp

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

From the opening tip, the Belle Vernon Area girls' basketball team dominated their Section 4 AAA road game Thursday with Brownsville, holding the Falcons to single digit points in three of four quarters en route to an easy 65-31 victory.

”Well take it,” BVA coach Lisa Fairman said. “The girls came out and played very hard. We executed much better tonight, made some three balls, worked the ball inside well to (Kaytlin) Slagus, had some nice transition and we played exceptionally on defense tonight.

“I am very pleased.”

The first-place Lady Leps (9-1, 4-0) took quickly and jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and, after holding Brownsville (5-4, 0-3) to just three second quarter points, held a commanding 32-12 halftime lead.

“I challenged them to keep the opponent to single digits every quarter, to give them a little extra motivation to keep them playing hard,” Fairman said. “We try to let the defense dictate the offense and tonight that was the case. We played very well on the perimeter, played very well inside, forced turnovers. It was a great effort.”

The Lady Leps had an outstanding day from the perimeter, too, hitting for six three pointers on the night, four of which came from Bria Rathway, a career-high.

The solid outside shooting opened up space on the inside for Kaitlyn Slagus, the WPIALs-fourth leading scorer, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

“That was one thing that we wanted to focus on coming into this game,” Fairman said. “We have a long season ahead of us and Monday we were a little cold. We are good shooters and tonight I just wanted them to stay confident and play the game that we are capable of playing.”

Rathway was also a perfect 8-for 8 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 22 points. Meaghan Murphy joined Rathway and Slagus in double digits with 13 points, while Phaedra Dewitt had six assists.

Marris Seto recorded 12 points for Brownsville and Keke MaCrae added six on a pair of threes.

“Bria has a beautiful outside shot,” Fairman said. “She has consistently opened things up for us inside all season. Opponents try and take away are game down low and when you have someone like her that you can kick the ball out to and she consistently hits those shots, it makes the game a lot easier.”

Fairman is pleased with her team's continued game-to-game improvement thus far, but thinks that the Lady Leps can get even better.

“Our girls' offensive and defensive abilities complement each other really well,” Fairman said. “I always see five girls out on the court who are dangerous. If they continue to work hard and put the effort into improving, based on where we already are who knows where this season will take us.”

Donnie Tasser is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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