Hill scores 20 to lead Lady Indians past
Red Bud at Lebanon Tournament; No. 2 seed Freeburg sends DHS into 5th place bracket
Chloe Hill scored 20 points against Red Bud. (Doug Daniels photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
December 27, 2017
(Lebanon, Ill.) - Chloe Hill scored a game-high 20 points including six three-point shots to help Du Quoin stay in the winner's bracket on day one of the Lebanon Greyhounds Christmas Tournament with a 54-42 win over higher-seeded Red Bud.
"Every set that we ran out of our main offense, (Hill) was getting some open looks," said DHS head coach Shawn File. "I am going to guess their scout said 'let her shoot,' and they let her shoot, and at what point do you say 'our scout was wrong about that kid.' They waited too long, she kept getting buckets, kept getting good looks."
Both Hill and Bailey Harsy had threes in the opening quarter where the Lady Indians built a 14-10 edge, but it was the second quarter where DHS's offense kicked it into high gear with a 20-point period. Hill sank two triples in the second, and Meryn Gross and Grace Haney also connected from downtown, allowing Du Quoin to enter the halftime break with a 34-25 lead.
"We put a little bit of pressure on them in that second quarter and I think that bothered them a little bit," File said. "They were tired."
The Lady Indians' defense continued to stifle the Lady Musketeers in the third quarter, holding them to just five points. Red Bud was able to outscore Du Quoin in the fourth, but two more three-pointers from Hill helped DHS stay in front.
"That's a good win for us," File said. "They've got a girl who just scored her 1000th point, and she is a load. Morgan Bullar did a really nice job, she did everything we asked her to do defensively, boxing out, keeping her off the boards. She didn't get anything easy."
Haney (13 points) and Harsy (10) both joined Hill in double figures for Du Quoin. Katie Smith (6 points), Gross (3) and Bullar (2) also scored for the Lady Indians. DHS played without Elizabeth Bird, who was out of town for the holidays.
Meryn Gross breaking ankles against Red Bud. (Doug Daniels video)
With that win, Du Quoin advanced in the main bracket to meet the tournament's second seed, Freeburg, on Wednesday. Out-sized at practically every position, the Lady Indians struggled to find buckets with just six field goals in the game's first three quarters, ultimately falling 55-34.
Bullar had the only bucket of the first quarter, but free throws from Smith and Haney kept the Lady Indians in it down 16-8. By halftime, however, Freeburg had built a 15-point advantage and Du Quoin was unable to close the gap in the second half.
Smith led DHS with 9 points, Haney had 7, Hill and Harsy each had 6, Delaynie Dearmond 4 and Bullar 2.
The Lady Indians fell into the fifth place bracket with the loss and will meet Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. with the winner playing for fifth place on Friday at 5:00 p.m.