DIAGONAL – It wasn’t a pretty game offensively for Diagonal girls basketball Tuesday, but the Maroonettes found a way to pick up their ninth win of the season and defend home court on Senior and Parents’ Night by beating Twin Cedars 34-19.
The Maroonettes managed just six points in the first quarter, all of which off the hand of Bailey Taylor, but held the Sabres of Twin Cedars to just one lone bucket.
The second quarter featured as much of an offensive rhythm as Diagonal was able to get into all night, scoring 13 points and keeping Twin Cedars off the scoresheet to take a 19-2 lead into the half.
“Defense for sure got us into it because we struggled shooting offensively. We had the shots, but just couldn’t get anything to fall for us,” said Diagonal head coach Gina Warren. “Defense definitely saved us in this game.”
Taylor got things started in the second quarter with an interior bucket after an assisted entry pass from Alee Haidsiak.
“Bailey had a huge game and played really well,” said Warren of Taylor, who finished with 11 points. “She was the one that was being able to score for us in the first half.”
Erin Sobotka scored the next bucket for the Maroonettes after poking the ball loose from a Sabres’ player in the back court and finishing with a layup on the other end.
Sofia Cifarelli hit a mid-range jumper after a dish from Sobotka to give Diagonal a 13-2 lead midway into the second quarter.
Diagonal closed out the half with two triples from Sobotka to earn the 19-2 first half edge.
Twin Cedars used a 6-0 run to bring itself back within 13 points, but Emily Newton drilled a 3-pointer on the wing to end the Sabres’ run. Newton went on to finish with a team-high 12 points.
Defense carried Diagonal the rest of the way as Twin Cedars only hit two baskets in the fourth quarter, settling for a handful of points on free throws.
A zone press allowed the Maroonettes to keep the Sabres uneasy and restricted Twin Cedars from truly ever setting up its offense.
After the game Warren spoke highly of her four seniors.
“For the last three years I have been blessed with an awesome group of kids who have put in a lot of time and effort,” said Warren. “I can’t say enough about our seniors. It’s been great having Sofia, another senior, our foreign exchange student. She’s just been great with everybody and works hard.”
UP NEXT – Diagonal (9-2, 4-1 in the Bluegrass Conference) will take on defending conference champion and Class 1A No. 4 Seymour (9-0, 7-0) Saturday in Centerville.
“We just got to get our other contributors to contribute,” said Warren. “Erin, Emily and Bailey are going to see a lot of pressure and that opens the ball up for others.”
Twin Cedars 19
TC (19) — 2 0 8 9
Diag (34) — 6 13 7 8
TWIN CEDARS (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 7 5-9 19. Grace Bailey 4 0-0 8, Ainsley Dunkin 1 2-2 4, Brooke Roby 1 0-0 2, Chloe Swank 0 2-2 2, Riley Kelderman 1 0-0 2, Kaya DesPlanque 0 1-3 1. 3-point goals — None. Team fouls — 12. Fouled out — None.
DIAGONAL (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 13 3-5 34. Emily Newton 4 3-5 12, Bailey Taylor 5 1-8 11, Erin Sobotka 3 1-2 9, Sofia Cifarelli 1 0-0 2. 3-point goals — 3 (Sobotka 2, Newton 1). Team fouls — 12. Fouled out — None.