More turnovers. Fewer rebounds. No problem.
Middle Tennessee Christian made the the most of what it did get Tuesday night as it scored a 47-29 victory over visiting Eagleville. And thanks to what they got over a 15-minute span across three quarters, the Lady Cougars opened District 8-A play with a victory.
During those 15 minutes, the Lady Eagles had 15 misses from the field — from 3:26 left in the opening quarter to 4:25 remaining in the third. In between, MTCS put together a 21-5 run and turned a 15-11 first-quarter lead into a 36-16 advantage with a quarter and a half to go.
The Lady Cougars (7-2, 1-0 District 8-A) collected 10 defensive rebounds and turned them into 11 points, shot 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line during the run.
“We changed our defense to a 1-2-2 and I feel like we all just played together,” said Abby Buckner, who scored nine of her 15 points in the first half and collected four of her seven defensive rebounds in those 15 minutes.
“Emma (Self) and Erin (Mullins) in the back really talked to me and Ashlynd (Wilkerson) in the front telling us where the shooters were and we just got out there and defended better.”
Wilkerson had 11 of the run’s 21 points on a 3, a 2 and 6-of-7 free throws along the run. She finished 11-of-12 from the line and had a game-high 21 points.
Eagleville (5-6, 0-2 8-A) started the game 3-of-6 from the field but finished the quarter 4-of-13 and the drought continued to a 9-of-48 finish.
“I thought we should have (had) the lead after the first quarter and that may have been the problem. We didn’t sustain,” Lady Eagles coach Chris Lynch said. “We missed four easy shots and several easy free throws and are down four going into the second and probably should have been up two or three.”
Eagleville outrebounded MTCS 32-27. The Cougars finished the game with 22 defensive boards, turned them into 14 points, and five offensive boards for six second-chance points. The Lady Eagles managed 13 points out of the 32 boards.
MTCS also turned 13 Eagleville turnovers into 10 points, while the Lady Eagles got eight points out of the hosts’ 15 turnovers.
MTCS boys 73, Eagleville 52: While MTCS’ girls used the second quarter to separate themselves from Eagleville, it was the third quarter for the Cougar boys.
A four-point halftime lead was a 13-point lead five minutes into the second half, and MTCS (9-0, 1-0 8-A) was never threatened again.
Derrick Spears led the Cougars with 28 points. David Capps (16) and Ben Brown (15) also reached double digits for MTCS.
Eagleville (2-7, 0-2) was paced by Calen Parker’s 17 points.
Both teams stay in district play Friday as MTCS travels to Fayetteville and Eagleville is at Community.