2010-02-17 / Sports

Much at stake in Lady ‘Skins, Devils rematch!

18-0 vs. 16-1 at Thumb Dome
BY DALE BALL SPORTS EDITOR

Kristen Greene (above) and the Lady Green Devils will be seeking redemption Thursday night at the Thumb Dome. (Photo by Dale Ball) Kristen Greene (above) and the Lady Green Devils will be seeking redemption Thursday night at the Thumb Dome. (Photo by Dale Ball) SANDUSKY - This is where it’s at in Thumb girls basketball come Thursday night! Class C’s No. 1 ranked Sandusky hosting No. 8 ranked Brown City. An 18-0 team seeking an unbeaten season. A 16-1 squad hoping to get , at least, a share of the GTC East title and a measure of revenge.

The Thumb Dome will be the place to be, and a large, noisy crowd will prove it.

It was nearly a month ago that the Lady Redskins ventured to BC in a showdown of unbeaten teams and slipped away from the Lady Green Devils’ home court with an exciting, 51-49, victory. Both teams have won every game since, setting a big stage again.

For Coach Al DeMott’s Sandusky team, an outright East title can be clinched and a final lofty ranking and a 20-0 reguarseason would be just a win away.

Marisa DeMott Marisa DeMott “They’re going to throw erverything they’ve got at us,” warned DeMott of BC. “We’ve had great exciting gamnes with Brown City the last few years, and this won’t be any different. It’s the kind of game the kids like to play and coaches like to coach.”

For Coach Cindy Burton’s squad, a glitch in the weather last week has caused a testy distraction in the schedule. Before facing Sandusky this Thursday, the Lady Devils were to take on rival Marlette in a make-up game last night (Tuesday).

“It’s a nerve-wracking week with Marlette and Sandusky back-to-back,” responded Burton.

She added that a win against the Raiders on Tuesday must come first, and then her team can think about the rematch.

“The key thing is that we lost at home (against Sandusky). It’ll be tough now to win at their place. The pressure is on us, for sure.

C-L’s Rachel Bressman (20), a senior guard, eyes the hoop in Friday night’s upset of Almont.The Lady Pioneers dumped the BWAC’s first place team, 57-45. (Photo by Dale Ball) C-L’s Rachel Bressman (20), a senior guard, eyes the hoop in Friday night’s upset of Almont.The Lady Pioneers dumped the BWAC’s first place team, 57-45. (Photo by Dale Ball) “If we beat Marlette.....I think we’ll still come into (Thursday) a little little tense because so much is riding in on the game,” Burton added.

In the first meeting, Marissa DeMott, Sandusky’s All-State guard/forward, was hot early and gave her team a lead that made the Devils claw away the rest of the night.

Burton doesn’t want to see the same thing happen this time.

“Our big downfall the first time is that we didn’t slow Marissa down at the beginning,” she said. “We have to have intense man defense, and we’ll have to rebound a little better.”

DeMott, meanwhile, knows his team must play a better game, too.

“We have to cut down on the mistakes from last time. We made too many mistakes, especially late.”

Two problems the Lady ‘Skins had were stopping 5’11” post Sarah Murray from getting the ball down low and, then, not making better decisions on the perimeter against the Devils’ hounding defense.

“We have to work hard to keep the ball away from (Murray),” DeMott said, “And, we need tro attack more from outside. We looked tentative in the fourth quarter. We were a little too conservative, and it almost cost us.”

Despite a six-point lead in the late going, the Lady ‘Skins saw the Devils pull back within two. BC’s Kristen Greene had a chance to tie the game as time ran down but lost tye ball going up for a 15-foot jumper from the left side.

Greene, the Devils’ All-State guard/forward had 16 points in the game after a cool shooting start in the first quarter.

Burton has had some great play from Greene in the last two or three weeks, but has also found some offense coming from many other places.

“We have had some other girls stepping up,” Burton said. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to do that and not just rely on one or two people to score.”

Brown City has a strong pair guards Kari Burtion and Alena Sanson, and both have been adding some offense down the stretch. Kayla Muxlow, a 5’9” junior, has given a lift inside lately.

For the ‘Skins, juniors Lauren Krause and Whitney Fox are dangerous when left open on the perimeter, but both could be looking to get into the interior of BC’s defense. Senior Jenna Stauffer is a strong perimeter defender.

Both coaches know that they can’t put all the defensive effort into totally stopping each others star player.

“Kristen Greene is a great player.... but we have to contain there other players,” remarked DeMott.

Burton added that Sandusky has more weapons, too. “They can all shoot. They have people coming off the bench shooting. We are going to have to have every one of our girls playing well.”

Tip-off Thursday night at the Thumb Dome will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late.

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