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January 29, 2014

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Jeff holds off Scottsburg, 66-56

Balanced Devils force 26 turnovers to improve to 13-5

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville forced 26 Scottsburg turnovers, had several outstanding performances and pulled away from the Warriorettes down the stretch for a nice 66-56 victory on Tuesday at Johnson Arena.

After going 7-14 a year ago, the Red Devils are 13-5 after beating the 11-5 Warriorettes, who came in with a four-game winning streak.

“They’re a great team,” first-year Jeff coach Mike Warren said of the Warriorettes. “We made some dumb plays, but we were real smart the last four minutes and pulled it out.”

Jeff took an early 5-3 lead on a Haley Vogen layup and didn’t trail again through the end of the third quarter. The Devils led 23-13 after one quarter, 35-30 at the half and entered the fourth up 48-47.

Ashley Elliott gave Scottsburg its first lead of the contest on its first possession of the fourth quarter. But the Red Devils forced five turnovers in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and took the lead for good when Makenzi Johnson hit a free-throw line jumper for a 55-54 lead with five minutes left.

Johnson, who finished with seven points, extended the lead to 58-53 with a steal and a bucket then a free throw with 2:35 left in regulation. After Scottsburg cut the deficit to 58-56, Vogen converted a three-point play to start an 8-0 game-ending run.

Vogen finished with a team-high 18 points by going 8-for-9 from the floor. She also had five rebounds.

Vogen had one of several strong Red Devil performances on Tuesday. Jeff’s Emily Gray went 5-for-6 for 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. Teammate Taylor Sykes had 10 points to go along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Jeff’s Aurreeshae Hines had an off-night scoring with just nine points, but she had five steals and three assists. Also for the Red Devils, Nycia Ford made three of her four shots and scored seven points and Chelsea Lewis had four points, four steals and three assists.

“We’re a balanced team,” Warren said. “Obviously, Shae and Haley are our two senior leaders. But we have so many girls who can score and do great things in all types of different ways. It’s nice to always have a fallback plan and they play for each other. It’s really enjoyable when we play as a team and everybody plays their role.”

For the contest, Jeff forced 26 turnovers and had 17 steals.

“We obviously try to force turnovers,” Warren said. “We did a good job of getting in the passing lanes. Anytime you can force 26 turnovers, you’re likely going to win the game.”

Elliott scored 27 points for Scottsburg despite going 6-of-14 from the charity stripe. She was 10-for-10 until she missed a late 3 attempt.

“Elliott should be an Indiana All-Star the way we made her look tonight,” Warren said.

The Red Devils will go to Madison on Thursday to face an 11-1 Cubs team that is ranked fifth in Class 3A and has won four straight.

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