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January 7, 2014

Am-Po girls grind out victory

AMBER — It wasn’t the most entertaining of encounters, but the Amber-Pocasset girls got the job done against Wayne at home in a 38-25 win on Tuesday.

Suzanne Parker led the way for the Lady Panthers (5-5) with 10 points, but Wayne’s Hannah Lack had the game high 11 in a game that was not for the attack-minded. Defense became all the more crucial as the minutes ticked down, and Am-Po was able to finish the night on top.

It was an even opening frame, with Wayne patiently waiting for their chances to score. Eden Powell provided a few of those outlets, sinking two quick jumpers from the elbow. Suzanne Parker helped her team keep pace with a few threes, while also doing some work down low to try and disrupt the Lady Bulldog defense.

One of those threes from Parker helped spark a second quarter surge for Amber-Pocasset. They opened up a lead with an 8-2 run. By halftime, Parker had eight and the Lady Panthers were up by seven. While much work was done on the offensive end, most of Am-Po’s solid play came on defense, where they held Wayne to just four second quarter points.

It was a slow third quarter, started by a Darcie Winn three to extend Am-Po’s lead. The only other points for the Lady Panthers came from a Haley Savage three. But with Wayne down by eight heading into the final three, the game had to open up.

The Lady Bulldogs did just that with a full court press, but they were unable to convert enough chances to mount a serious comeback. As the fourth quarter dragged on, Am-Po found themselves at the charity stripe all too often, especially in the final minute. It could have gone better, but it got the desired result.

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