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Girls Win! Defenses Shuts Down Geneva County
February 21, 2013St. Lukes Episcopal School
NEXT GAME: SATURDAY 9am vs Brantley at Dothan Civic Center
Class 1A South girls regional: No. 1 St. Luke's 53, Geneva County 29 (video)
DOTHAN, Alabama – St. Luke's coach Christine Zoghby spent four days preaching the same sermon: Stop No. 23.
The No. 1-ranked Wildcats listened.
St. Luke's trapped and harassed Geneva County guard Lacy Stafford constantly, holding No. 23 to 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting. More importantly, the incessant pressure neutralized Stafford's play-making ability by taking the ball out of her hands in a 53-29 victory in the Class 1A girls South Regional at Dothan Civic Center.
"We worked on the plan Saturday and Sunday and Monday and Tuesday," Zoghby said. "We came out and executed it."
St. Luke's – making its first regional appearance in school history – advances to play Brantley in Saturday's region title game at 9 a.m. Brantley ousted defending 1A champion McIntosh.
"This is our first postseason experience whatsoever," Zoghby said, "so this is as big deal for us."
Added Brooke Pate, "I still can't believe we're here. It's kind of crazy."
On Wednesday, the Wildcats controlled the game from the opening tip, but led only 24-20 at halftime after three starters, including leading scorer Jewel Hill, sat out much of the first half with foul trouble.
Once the starters returned, St. Luke's limited Geneva County to only two points in the third quarter and led 40-22 after three periods. Game over.
"I got outcoached tonight, plain and simple," Geneva County coach Chris Ward said. "We came out and dug a hole in the second half."
St. Luke's offense proved equally devastating, as Ashley Chapman scored 16, Brooke Pate added 13, Logan Smith had 10, and Hill contributed nine. The Wildcats shot 44.7 percent, while holding the Bulldogs to only 25 percent shooting.
"It seemed like they had wide-open players all night," Ward said.
COACH ZOGHBY LEADING TEAM