Paxton girls too strong for Hoboes

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM.

“We never beat the press,” he said. “We didn’t adjust to it. We’ve got some people in new positions that are not used to handling the ball and we just didn’t adjust to it.

“But give them credit. They are a very good team and very well coached. They had a game plan and came out and got after us and we didn’t handle it.”

It didn’t take long for the Bobcats (8-2, 5-0) to turn up the defensive pressure. Paxton employed the smothering defense from the opening tip and throughout the first quarter.

Emily Murray, who led all scores with 21 points, scored the first five points of the game for the Bobcats.

A 3-pointer by Bethany Neal, who finished the game with 17 points, stretched the Bobcat lead to 8-0 with 5:57 left in the first quarter.

Bridgett Zessin got the Hoboes (2-6, 1-5) on the scoreboard at the 5:35 mark in the first quarter but Laurel Hill scores were few and far between.

The only other Hobo basket of the first quarter was a score by Grace Reese with 3:32 left in the opening period. The Reese basket cut the Paxton lead to 15-4 and that’s as close as it would get the rest of the night.

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