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Park Center rallies to defeat Simley 68-53

03/18/2014, 7:45pm CDT
By Marc Hugunin

It was much closer than the final score


Park Center trailed Simley by as many as nine points in the first half and five in the second, but pulled away to a 68-53 win that was substantially tougher than the final score would indicate.

When asked if his girls had first-game jitters, Park Center coach Chris VanderHyde said, "I had first-game jitters," laughing. "But seriously, our defensive game plan wasn't working. We wanted to pack in the lane, but they had some shooters we weren't prepared for, and they knocked it down. So we made some adjustments."

The Pirates only caught up at 34-33 at 14:49 on a three by McKenna DuBois. Simley went back ahead at 40-38 but the Pirates took the lead for good at 42-40 at 10:05 on a jumper by Cayla McMorris.

"Defensively, we put more pressure on their guards," VanderHyde said, "and we rotated quicker." Simley coach Tim Peper concurred, "We weren't getting the same shots in the second half" that we did in the first.

McMorris, the senior Ms. Basketball finalist, had 24 points and 14 rebounds despite a rocky 4-of-16 first half. Mikayla Hayes added 16 as Park Center went right at Simley’s bigs, Kylie Brown and Abby Kain. McMorris and Hayes outscored Kain and Brown 40-26, and Park Center had a 38-33 edge in rebounds.

Park Center shot just 33 percent in the half and dodged a bullet, getting within 30-26 at the half when McKenna DuBois hit a three inside of ten seconds.


Cayla McMorris, Park Center, 5-10 senior everything

McMorris had a rough first half, shooting 4-of-16, but she kept after it, as you knew she would, and shot 7-of-10 in the second half. She “wasn’t shooting in the flow of our offense” in the first half, said coach Chris VanderHyde, but the lack of offensive flow, he added, was “because our defense wasn’t very good.” She added 14 rebounds and 2 steals  to her point total. She and Mikayla Hayes outplayed Simley’s bigs, Kylie Brown and Abby Kain, in the second half.

McKenna Du Bois, Park Center, 5-7 junior guard

DuBois is the Pirates’ designated three-point shooter. She made 1-of-1 in the first half, but it was huge, coming at the :08 mark and cutting a seven-point deficit to three. She hit two more in the second half with just one miss on the night. More than that, she guarded 6-3 Kylie Brown and held her to 14 points.

Mikayla Hayes, Park Center, 6-2 freshman center

Hayes scored 8 points in each half, shooting 8-of-12, and added 5 boards and 4 blocks. As the blocks suggest, she was a huge part of the defensive effort that held Simley to 23 second half points, leading to a 22-6 second half edge in points in the paint.

Abby Kain, Simley, 6-1 sophomore post

Kain does it all. With Brown camped out on the perimeter all night (being guarded by a 5-7 player), Kain is it inside and she responded as she always does, with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.

Maria Paulsen, Simley, 5-8 senior guard

Paulsen, who missed a large part of the regular season with injuries, hit 4-of-8 threes—3—of 4 in the second half, to keep Simley in the game.

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