December 14th, 2010

Toppers Run Away With Season's First Win

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Toppers Run Away With Season's First Win
photo by Chris Jung

Presentation uses teamwork in lopsided 96-28 victory

In a battle of teams looking for its first victory in the 2010-11 season, it was Presentation Academy (1-2) who picked up the emphatic win following a 96-28 lopsided decision over Portland Christian (0-3) on Tuesday night.

Bailey Reeder led all scorers with 16 points and was one of five Toppers in double figures, as Presentation used a balanced scoring attack, forced 30-plus turnovers and converted more than half its points on fast-break layups to get the "W."

Four different Toppers scored during the team's first 10 points of the game, until Peyton Andres scored back-to-back breakout baskets on a pair of forced Eagles turnovers to push the score to 14-3 with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Presentation finished the opening period on a 24-0 run to establish a commanding 30-3 advantage.

The lone Portland Christian score of the first quarter was a banked-in 3-pointer by Mallory Almon.

The second quarter was the highest-scoring one of the game for the visiting Eagles, as they finished with ten points. But Presentation still led 56-13 at the half. Presentation was the epitome of teamwork and unselfish play, as they used extra looks and sharp outlet passing to advance the ball quickly and get easy points off turnovers.

Ashlee Kirchner, who had 10 points in the game, started the third quarter quickly with a bucket and Rachel Russ followed with a basket of her own to stretch the Pres advantage to 60-13. Russ finished with 14 points in the contest. The lone points of the third period for Portland Christian came on another Almon 3-pointer. Her shooting was the lone offensive firepower for Head Coach Paul Gibson's Eagles team. Almon finished with four 3's total to lead her team with 12 points.

Presentation began the fourth quarter with an 83-16 lead, which allowed Head Coach David Jackson to get some extra playing time for some of his reserves. Lisa Schwartz (10), Michael Ann Humphreys (8), and four other Toppers ended up in the scoring column during the game. Daija Anderson was the second leading scorer for Portland Christian with six points.

Coming into the game, Presentation had lost its first two games of the year: 59-40 to Male and 50-46 to Central. They will look for win No. 2 on Friday against Lafayette (0-5) in the Fayette County iHigh Tournament.


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