Day shines as Eagles down Bulldogs

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 04:07 PM.

Added Jessie, "I just had to take on more players offensively to create opportunities for my teammates and to help us win."

Shouldering the load early on was Micheala Mitchell, who was one of three Lady Eagles in double figures with 13 points – 10 of which came at halftime. Jaci Hodskins added 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while Madison McNabb contributed to a dominant post effort with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.

"That's what we wanted to do," coach Day said of a dominant frontcourt effort that led the Lady Eagles to a plus-10 rebounding effort. "We knew they were going to get their outside shots, but we didn't want to give them any second-chance points. We wanted to cut off the interior because we have some great post players and we like to use our height."

The height added up to 11 blocks for the Lady Eagles, who also created 20 turnovers and held the Lady Bulldogs – which received a game-high 17 points from KK McTear and 11 from Jensis Coleman – to 22 percent shooting.

Cleaning up the boards led to an offense that pushed the tempo and consistently got easy looks in transition, leading to a 54-percent shooting clip from the floor to overcome 30 turnovers.

But the turnovers loomed large as late as the third quarter, when the Lady Eagles clung to a 26-19 lead after 22 turnovers in the opening 18 minutes. But a pair of baskets by Day and a Hodskins bucket in the post kicked off a 13-0 run and led to a 41-21 Niceville lead headed into the fourth quarter. And the advantage wouldn't dip under 20 until the waning seconds as Niceville cruised to the comfortable win.

Now the Lady Eagles' attention turns to another rival in Choctaw.

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