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Dover dominated

Panthers' pressure defense forces 40 turnovers

12:00 AM, Dec. 04, 2012 EST

Maysville's Capria Hall puts up a shot over Dover's Katie Bice on Monday night at Maysville. For more photos, visit www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com. / Chris Crook/Times Recorder


Maysville coach Pat Miller had plenty of concerns following his team's season-opening loss at River View.

After three consecutive wins since then, his team is helping ease those concerns.

None of the wins were more impressive than Monday. The Panthers used a variety of pressure defenses to suffocate visiting Dover, forcing 40 turnovers in a 75-38 nonleague win that sent them to 3-1 on the season. Dover slipped to 1-2.

Madison Smith led a balanced offense with 16 points, as seven players scored at least six points. Guards Brooke Smith and Kayla Russell had 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Kori Sidwell added 10 and Kelsie Kirkbride chipped in nine.

"I think our young kids are growing up and seeing the way we want to do things," Miller said. "The older kids are showing great leadership. Experience at point guard is really been a key."

Miller, in his 11th season, is concerned about foul trouble and his team's lack of depth, especially in the post. Neither made their presence felt against a Tornadoes team starting two freshmen guards and bringing ailing forward Moriah Monaco off the bench.

Monaco, an All-Ohio selection last season for the Tornadoes' East Central Ohio League Scarlet Division co-champions, has been nursing ankle and quadriceps injuries and played her first game on Monday. But the way Maysville's defense played, even a healthy Monaco would have struggled.

Maysville hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first three minutes to jump ahead 9-2, and forced the Tornadoes into 12 turnovers in the first quarter while surging ahead 25-11.

The lead swelled to 40-16 just before halftime after Dover had turnovers on nine of 10 possessions in the second quarter.

By that time, it was all but over. Maysville extended its lead to 57-31 after three quarters.

"When we play the way we did tonight we're pretty tough to beat," Miller said. "We're going to have to stay out of foul trouble and we've got to develop some of the jayvee kids so they can help us down the stretch. Right now the flow is going well."

Maysville was 31-of-62 from the field and had 21 steals.

Dover, led by Sara Dummermuth's 12 points, was 15-of-34 from the field.

Maysville's reserves won, 34-31, behind six points each from Katie Stottsberry, Megan Frank and Mariah Lewellen. Sadie Keener's 12 points led Dover.




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