An absolute beastly performance on defense in the first half of Burgin’s Tuesday night game against Berea resulted in a blowout win for the Lady Bulldogs, 52-34.
Liz Marcinek scored the game’s opening six points giving Burgin a 6-0 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Lady Pirates scored their only basket of the first quarter at the 3:50 mark, then watched Burgin go on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter with a 14-2 lead.
Their defense didn’t let up in the second quarter, only allowing four points, one field goal and two free throws, and took a commanding 23-6 lead into halftime.
“I thought we could pressure them early and maybe get some easy points off of turnovers to help kick start our offense getting Liz (Marcinek) into the open court,” said Burgin Head Coach Ray Daniels. “We are at our best when we can create turnovers and get our offense some extra possessions and that’s what we did tonight.”
The Lady Pirate’s offense picked up in the second half scoring 16 points when Marcinek was forced to the bench with foul trouble. That’s when senior Taylor Sanders stepped up hitting three, three pointers in the third quarter helping to keep Berea at bay. Sanders earned her second straight double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs.