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Sullivan tops Clay City to start girls basketball season

By B.J. Hargis
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Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Sullivan senior Sydney Akers, right, finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Lady Arrows open the season with a 49-41 victory over host Clay City on Saturday.

CLAY CITY  — For the first time since 2014, the Sullivan girls basketball team opened the season with a win.
They limited Clay City to seven points over the final eight minutes and Reagan Holeman made five 3-pointers in the second half as the Lady Arrows defeated host Clay City 49-41.
“After we came out of a dead ball timeout, we decided to try out press,” said Sullivan coach Julie Meeks. “I felt like our press hurt them.
“We felt like we weren’t in good shape and I thought, ‘Let’s stay close and I’m going to throw it on in the fourth quarter and try to see if we can get some surprises and slow them down and take them out of their game and get some turnovers.’”
Holeman took over offensively, especially over the final two quarters.
She buried back to back-to-back treys in the third quarter, putting Sullivan ahead 32-30 and 35-33.
In the final quarter, she dialed up long distance from the wing, making it 38-34 with six minutes and 59 seconds remaining.
Seventy-two seconds later, Holeman took a pass from Carly Brown and hit another trey, forcing Clay City coach Chris Ames to call a timeout trailing 43-37.
Holeman, who finished with a game-high 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, made another triple to put the Lady Arrows in front 46-37 with 3:03 to play.
“I am looking for big things out of Reagan,” said Meeks. “She has some range and can pull up and knock down shots from deep.
“This is a great way for her to start her sophomore season.”
Sydney Akers finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. This keyed a 43-24 rebounding advantage.
“With the loss of Ashley (Durall), we are going to ask girls to step up on the boards,” said Meeks. “Sydney is very capable of averaging 12 rebounds a game.
“She really got after it tonight like she always does.”
Sullivan was credited with 18 turnovers.
“It is still early, but this shows us we have a lot of things to work on,” said Meeks. “It has been awhile since we started out with a win.
“It’s a confidence builder for the girls. They needed it because we struggled the past few seasons.”
Sullivan scored the first 19 points and won the junior varsity game 49-26 as Brionna Perkinson tossed in 12 points.
The Lady Arrows will play at Owen Valley in another non-conference game on Saturday night.

SULLIVAN (49) — Lindsey Hatch 2-7 0-0 5, Sheyanna Ravellette 0-1 2-2 2, Sydney Akers 5-14 0-2 11, Reagan Holeman 7-13 4-6 23, Carly Brown 1-6 1-2 3, Asia Povlin 0-2 2-2 2, Courtney Lueking 0-1 1-2 1, Kathleen Ming 0-0 0-0 0, Andrea Phillips 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-46 10-14 49.
CLAY CITY (41) — Madelyn Ames 2-11 3-3 9, Haley Walton 0-5 0-0 0, Avalee Jeffers 4-8 3-3 11, Andrea Stewart 2-9 3-5 7, Lauryn Myers 4-9 3-5 11, Aysiah Hernandez 1-4 0-0 2, Jamie Grassick 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Yocum 0-0 0-0, Sara Koonce 0-0 0-0 0, Stella Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Wertz 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 13-48 13-18 41.
Sullivan                           12 13 10 14 — 49
Clay City                         13 11 10   7 — 41
3-point shooting — Sullivan 7-14 (Holeman 5-7, Hatch 1-3, Akers 1-3, Povlin 0-1), Clay City 2-17 (Ames 2-11, Hernandez 0-1, Myers 0-1, Walton 0-1, Stewart 0-1, Jeffers 0-1). Fouls — Sullivan 12, Clay City 13. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Sullivan 43 (Akers 16, Lueking 7), Clay City 24 (Jeffers 8). Turnovers — Sullivan 18, Clay City 12. Junior varsity — Sullivan 49, Clay City 26.


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