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Danbury opens strong against Gibsonburg

November 30, 2010
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Danbury opens strong against Gibsonburg

BY MATTHEW HORN • Sports writer • November 27, 2010

  • Tori England hit a momentum-changing fourth-quarter three-pointer and Kelsey Clemons packed the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists as Danbury beat Gibsonburg 39-30 in a non-conference matchup Friday.

England canned a three for a 33-28 advantage with 2:35 left to play after the Golden Bears scored six straight points. England's basket started an 8-0 run for the Lakers as Clemons scored the next five points.

"She's going to be one of the people we need to count on to be successful," Danbury coach Ron Aukerman said. "Not just scoring but passing, rebounding and defense. She's well rounded."

Clemons also had six points in the second quarter as her floater gave the Lakers a 22-11 lead late in the first half.

"I try to contribute in every way," Clemons said. "Not just assists or points -- every category. I'm going to work really hard."

Kayla Oxendale had four assists in the first half and five steals for the game.

"Looking for her teammates is the type of player Kayla is," Aukerman said. "She'll look for the pass first. She's totally unselfish."

Felicia Beverick had 10 points and five rebounds for Danbury. Beverick didn't play basketball last season.

"She comes in wanting to prove herself," Aukerman said. "With the way she was able to rebound and we ran the offense through her in the second half -- that eased the responsibility on the perimeter players. We're happy to have her as part of the team.

"She'll continue to improve. She's still shaking the rust off."

England finished with nine points and three steals.

"I'd like to see a few others put points on the board," Aukerman said. "We had open looks and through practice those looks will drop. It's about working hard in practice to improve what we need to improve."

Aukerman won his first game as the Lakers' head coach.

"It's cool to come out with a new coach and get a win in the first game," Clemons said.

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