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Lady Eagles dish out big win over Chatfield

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By Joe Vaccarelli

An old proverb states that revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

Well they must have quite a freezer at Dakota Ridge High School on Feb. 11 as the Eagles served an ice cold dish to Chatfield by beating them soundly on the defensive end and moving the ball well on offense on their way to a 54-35 victory.

In their first meeting, Chatfield lit up the Eagles in the first quarter, scoring 24 first-quarter points en route to a 52-43 win. But this time, Chatfield was only able to manage 20 points in the entire first half as the Dakota Ridge zone gave the Chargers fits.

“We definitely came out a lot more confident and played more as a team,” said Brooke Orcutt, who would post a double-double, scoring 12 points to compliment her 10 rebounds. “We played really hard and we were determined to not let them beat us because this is it for us.”

Dakota Ridge used their slower pace to frustrate the Chargers and had runs of 11-0 and 14-0 in the second and fourth quarters respectively to lead them to victory.

With game tied at 20 midway through the second quarter, the Eagles closed the quarter out with an 8-0 run for a 28-20 lead, and then proceeded to score the first three points of the third quarter for an 11-point lead they would never relinquish.

In fourth quarter, the Chargers closed the gap to five, but after a timeout, the Eagles would score the final 14 points of the contest to rout Chatfield. Leading the charge over the last six minutes was Margo Hood, who went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers to score nine of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers would struggle to score all night as leading scorer Chrissy

Armstrong had trouble getting the ball and would score only eight points—less than half of her average—and attempt only five shots.

“The difference was we pressured the guards. The guards couldn’t get her the ball,” Dakota Ridge head coach Traci Nemechek said. “It wasn’t like she could even try to score, she couldn’t get the ball.”

Unfortunately for the Chargers, Armstrong would lead the team with her eight points as the Chatfield guards would struggle to find the hoop all night, rushing their shots.

“The zone’s been giving us fits because we just aren’t patient,” Chatfield coach Mike Deutsch said. “I think they did a nice job of making us panic. We need to slow down and get the ball into the middle.”

The Eagles have now won five of their past six games to rebound from a 3-12 start to the season.