Bird shoots Du Quoin past Chester in Regional round one

Elizabeth Bird came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points for Du Quoin against Chester on Monday. (Doug Daniels Photos/Video)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

February 6, 2018

  (Du Quoin, Ill.) - The Lady Indians survived round one of their IHSA Regional tournament in Du Quoin on Monday night, knocking off Chester 66-54 behind double-digit scoring efforts from Elizabeth Bird, Grace Haney and Chloe Hill.
  "We would have liked to have been a little bit stronger with the ball in the first half, got a little careless at times, but we ran a lot of good sets tonight," said DHS head coach Shawn File. "They had a lot of trouble guarding them. Got some layups around the basket, got some big shots when we needed to. Their #22 (Destiny Williams) is special, we put Chloe Hill on her and basically said once she gives it up don't let her get it back. She earned everything that she got. She's a really nice player, she does a lot of things really well."
  DHS trailed 15-10 early on, but closed out the first quarter on a 9-0 run to grab the lead. Bird started the spurt with back-to-back buckets, then Bailey Harsy hit a three, and Grace Haney scored in the paint with just a few ticks left on the clock to make it 19-10 Lady Indians.

  Chester rallied back to take the lead midway through the second quarter at 26-24, but again, Du Quoin closed out the quarter strong. Free throws by Katie Smith started an 11-2 run to finish the first half, and from that point on the Lady Indians never trailed.
  Meryn Gross, Hill and Harsy all hit three-pointers during the third period to take the game to the fourth with Du Quoin up 52-41, then the Lady Indians put it away with the first eight points of the final frame. Gross stole the inbounds pass to start the period and took it for a layup, then Bird scored inside on two straight possession, and again with 5:20 to play to put DHS on top 60-41 for their biggest lead of the night.

  Bird finished with a team-high 19 points, followed by Haney with 12 and Hill with 10.
  "(Bird) comes off the bench and gives us some energy," File said. "She's a spark, and she's hard to guard. That was definitely an advantage for us."
  "Grace is our only senior, she didn't want to stop tonight. We feel like we've got a couple more ball games in us at least. We played Hamilton County at their place really well in January. They're a good team. We're going to have our work cut out for us."
  Hamilton County will be the Lady Indians' opponent on Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Du Quoin Regional.
  Harsy (8 points), Delaynie Dearmond (6), Gross (5), Smith (3) and Morgan Bullar (3) also scored for DHS against Chester.

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