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December 27, 2013

H.S. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Host Highlanders move into Shootout championship

Jeff goes 0-2 in pool play



The Red Devils found themselves trailing 18-10 after a Lauren Whitlatch 3 with 6:35 remaining in the second period. Jeff proceeded to turn up the heat and finish the first half on an 8-3 run to close within 21-18 at intermission. The Panthers shot just 2 of 9 from the floor in the second frame.

South, however, came out firing in the third quarter and took control of the game. The Panthers doubled up Jeff 20-10 in the third as Whitlatch pumped in seven of her game high 20 as the Conference Indiana school led by 13 heading to the final period.

“We didn’t come out with any intensity,” Jeff head coach Mike Warren said of the third frame. “We talked about the first three minutes [of the third period] being so important, but we just didn’t show up. We didn’t execute our stuff and they did. They hit 3s and we missed bunnies and the next thing you know we’re down 15. I thought we stopped competing there for a little while.”

Jeff shot just 36 percent overall and was 0 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc in its second loss of the day. Jeff fell to Ballard 40-37 in its opener.

“Our offense right now is sputtering and that’s my responsibility,” Warren said. “I’m the head coach and we have to do something different on offense to get a better flow. I think there in the fourth quarter even though we were down big and didn’t have our starters in, we spread them out and started attacking. We talked about that during the first 28 minutes but unfortunately we waited too late to start doing that.”

Haley Vogen was the only Red Devil in double-figures with 11. South keyed on Jeff’s starting center in the second half, limiting Vogen to just three points in the second 16 minutes.

“We made it a point to start the game to go inside to her,” Warren said. “We need to do that more often. We don’t do that enough. Sometimes we don’t realize how big of an asset we have [in Vogen]. Once she started scoring in there they just surrounded her.”

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