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November 15, 2013

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Hines helps Devils, Warren to first win

Jeff senior goes for 18 points, six steals, five assists in 65-46 win over North Harrison

RAMSEY — Aurreeshae Hines had 18 points, six steals and five assists to help Jeffersonville get off to a good start to the 2013-14 season with a 65-46 victory at North Harrison on Friday.

Hines also helped first-year Red Devil coach Mike Warren get his first win in the Devils’ season opener.

“We wanted to show him what we’re about, and that what happened in the past has nothing to do with this team,” Hines said. “I love everything about what [Warren is] doing and it seems to have worked instantaneously.”

“Personally, it’s fun for me,” Warren said. “But this isn’t about me. It’s way more about the girls. They’ve had a tough-go of things the past couple of years. I knew what they were capable of doing. I’m just glad they were able to come out and prove it. I thought we played outstanding.”

Hines’ 18 points were a career-high. She went 7-for-12 from the field and didn’t see the floor in the fourth quarter as the Devils held a 59-25 lead heading into the final stanza.

“I had a feeling she was going to have a really big night,” Warren said of Hines.

Jeff jumped out to an 18-9 lead after one quarter despite Haley Vogen, Chelsea Lewis and Taylor Sykes each picking up two fouls in the opening period. None of them played during the decisive second quarter in which Hines had 12 points, three steals and a pair of assists.

“She stepped up and really carried the second team,” Warren praised Hines.

Seventeen seconds into the second half, the Lady Cats drew within 18-13 after a Shayla Neal bucket that forced a Warren timeout.

That was as close as North Harrison would get. Hines led a 22-1 run and the Devils led 40-17 at the break. She opened the Jeff second-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer then assisted on a Nycia Ford fast-break layup.

Another Hines 3 was followed by a Catera Stevenson 3-pointer on a Hines assist and it was suddenly 29-13 Jeff.

After Ford scored on a pick and roll with Hailey Lacy and hit one of her two free-throw attempts, Hines scored on a Lacy assist then turned two steals into buckets in a 40-second span to give the Devils a 40-14 advantage before Megan Smith pulled North Harrison to within 23 with a 3 at the buzzer.

“I just wanted to find ways to pick my team up and help us get the win,” Hines said. “I was happy with the way I played personally and what our team was doing.”

After forcing 15 first-half turnovers, the Red Devils forced the Cats to turn the ball over nine more times in the third to take a 24-point lead into the final period.

Jeff had 19 steals, led by Hines’ six. Lewis and Sykes had three apiece.

“We spend 60 to 70 percent of our practices on defense,” Warren said. “We have extremely quick guards. That’s going to be our calling card. I was glad to see it carry over to a game.”

Despite foul trouble, Vogen had six points and she led the team with 10 rebounds.

“She needs to work on going straight up,” Warren said. “That’s something I’m going to keep harping on.”

Sykes joined Hines in double figures with 11 points. Ford came off the Jeff bench to score nine and Stevenson added eight, including a pair of 3-pointers.

North Harrison, which shot just 12-of-36 from the field, was led by Kendra Lambert’s 15 points.

The Red Devils will try to start 2-0 for the second straight season when they host South Central on Tuesday.

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