Girls Basketball Wins CIC Opener Over Argylls

Posted on November 25, 2019 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

BY KEVIN HELFRICH
ctreporter@indy.rr.com

FAIRMOUNT – For someone who hadn’t knocked down a 3-point shot before Friday night, Oak Hill junior guard Carlee Biddle looked like she belonged in a shooting contest.

Biddle was perfect on her three long distance attempts in the third quarter and added a two-point basket as she tallied a career-high 11 points. It was a decisive quarter that saw the Golden Eagles record the final 20 points to put away a pesky Madison-Grant squad 50-22 in the Central Indiana Conference opener for both teams.

“She has been draining them all year in practice,” said Oak Hill coach Todd Law. “But again (varsity) inexperience and so now hopefully she can take off from here on out.”

Nursing a 21-12 lead to begin the second half, the Golden Eagles opening possession sparked them to their most productive quarter of the year when Biddle connected from behind the arc in the left corner.

“It just felt really good,” Biddle said. “We’ve been trying to work as guards to shoot more from the outside to kind of help take some pressure off of Taylor (Westgate).”

A bucket by McKenna Lugar cut the Argylls deficit to 24-14 on the next possession, but that was as close as they would get. Oak Hill used three more triples that started a string of 22 straight points that finally ended early in the last period when Lilly Solms got Madison-Grant back on the board with a lay in to make the deficit 46-16.

“It wasn’t just that stretch,” Madison-Grant coach Brandon Bradley said. “They (Oak Hill) play with such a sense of urgency. I think they found that in the third quarter.”

While it was outside shooting that stretched the Golden Eagles lead, it was dominant inside play behind Indiana All-Star candidate Taylor Westgate and Kate Hornocker in the first half that put Oak Hill on top.

Often surrounded by multiple defenders, the 6-foot-1 Taylor University-recruit, Westgate, was particularly lethal using her left hand to score in the paint.

“I definitely have worked a lot with my left hand,” Westgate noted. “My teammates got me open on that side and it helped me finish a lot easier.”

Westgate finished with an efficient stat line, pouring in a game-high 16 points, and pulling down six rebounds. She was 7-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line, all while sitting out the final nine minutes.

“She has the best left hand of any right-handed player I’ve ever coached,” added Law. “She does such a good job with her feet and pivoting and being patient until she can get to the basket.”

Early on it was Hornocker who was the beneficiary of the Argylls focus on Westgate. Hornocker scored six of her nine points in the opening quarter staking Oak Hill to a 10-2 advantage.

Madison-Grant has been stuck scoring in the 20s over the last three games, due largely to turnovers. The first quarter they had six, which doubled their shot attempts (3).

“We struggled early because we were turning the ball over,” said Bradley, whose team finished with 22 for the game. “As the half wore on, we made adjustments against their press.”

The Argylls shot right at 50-percent going 11-of-22, but were outrebounded 22-11. Freshman guard Daya Greene led the way with six points.

“They played really hard and played us tough,” complimented Law. “This is the same team we are going to play in the first round of Grant Four. We know we will have to come to play, because this was obviously a dogfight through halftime.”

Oak Hill (2-3, 1-0 CIC) returns home to face Southwood on Tuesday. Madison-Grant (2-3, 0-1 CIC) will conclude a stretch of three consecutive home dates when they host Wabash on Friday.

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