Defense leads to offense in Rising Sun’s victory As regular season winds down, Tigers now have double-digit wins
NORTH EAST — Rising Sun went into its UCBAC Susquehanna Division girls’ basketball contest against Perryville on Thursday looking to shut down the Panthers’ dangerous 3-point shooters.
The Tigers put their two best defenders on the perimeter, which worked for the most part as they held Perryville to just four long-distance shots in the game en route to a 41-30 home victory.
“We knew that they weren’t going to roll over for us,” Rising Sun’s Kendra Stamper said. “We had to ‘D’ up and play four quarters of good defense. We changed our press to be more effective, and we played out on the shooters because they have a couple of good three point shooters. We had our top two defenders play out there.”
The Tigers (11-4 overall, 8-4 division) struggled from the field in the first quarter as they were trying to pass the ball into areas that were not open, scoring just two points through the first six minutes as a result. But their defense was stout, holding the Panthers to four points during the early stages of the game.
After a timeout midway through the first, Rising Sun settled down offensively as it made better passes and created turnovers on the defensive end to close the first quarter on a 9-0 run, and take an 11-4 lead through eight minutes.
“Coach (Kathy Stoudt) called a timeout and motivated us, and she told us ‘they’re not going to roll over on us.’ We had to keep passing it around. We forced things early on,” said Stamper, who had a team-high 13 points. “We had to make sure our passes were crisp and not forced.”
Her head coach agreed.
“I would say that our players know each other well enough. Generally, that’s our strongest time, and that traditionally what we do,” Stoudt said of the Tigers’ first quarter run. “Again, defense led to offense. Thankfully, we were able to do that.”
The Tigers’ defense continue to stifle Perryville’s offense, allowing just four points in the second quarter en route to building 23-8 halftime lead.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Panthers (1-13, 1-11) made adjustments to put together their strongest quarter of the game, out-scoring Rising Sun 12-7 in the third to cut its deficit to 3020 by the end of the frame.
The Tigers kept Perryville at bay in the fourth quarter, as their lead never dropped below 10 points for the eventual victory.
Gabrielle Vaughan scored 10 points for Rising Sun in the win. Sierra Strong chipped in 12 points for the Panthers.
The victory continues Rising Sun’s strong campaign. As the regular season winds down, the Tigers now have double-digit wins after earning 10 total over the last two years.
Sophomore forward Katie Willis (14) and Rising Sun defeated Perryville 41-30 in Susquehanna Division girls’ basketball action on Thursday.