Thompson leads Carterville past Lady Indians, 67-35

Grace Haney scored 14 points to lead DHS vs. Carterville. (Doug Daniels Photos)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 9, 2018

  (Du Quoin, Ill.) - A 22-5 first quarter dug the Lady Indians into a deep early hole, and Carterville continued to lead throughout the ball game on Tuesday night, going on to win it 67-35.
  Du Quoin cut into the lead with an 11-9 second quarter, where they went 7-for-8 at the foul line, but the Lady Lions put up 36 points in the second half to keep DHS at a distance.
  "We won the second quarter, that's a good thing," said DHS head coach Shawn File. "We got (Jeniah) Thompson in foul trouble, they pulled her out, and we were able to win a quarter. What we have to do is build on that at halftime, and we didn't necessarily do that. We dug ourselves a big hole. They're not trying to throw the ball away on purpose, it's just one of those deals where the game gets sped up on us and we've got to get better."
  Carterville sophomore Jeniah Thompson had 9 points in the opening quarter and 18 for the game to lead the visitors to victory.
  "They've got three sophomores that I would argue are the best basketball players in their program," said File. "We had a lot of difficulty shutting passing lanes down. We told them there are going to be things that are open, but it's split second decisions, because they do move so well when the ball is in the air. They move so well defensively. They want to push tempo, they've got a lot of kids who can score."
  Grace Haney was perfect at the line at 6-for-6 and led the Lady Indians in scoring with 14 points. Elizabeth Bird added 11, Chloe Hill 6, and Bailey Harsy and Morgan Bullar each had 2. For the game, Du Quoin was 13-for-15 at the charity stripe.
  "Tonight we had two kids in double figures, which is good, but we've got to round that out more by having two or three kids getting 6-to-8, asking them to look for shots and have some confidence. We do some of those things in practice, then when we get here, sometimes it's not translating, and we've got to get the ball in the basket."
  The Lady Indians (7-11) are at home against Benton on Thursday, and at Trico on Saturday.

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