Forgan defense dominates Burlington
Friday, 25 February 2011 12:06
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
LAVERNE, Okla. — In last Saturday’s regional championship loss to Balko, the Forgan Lady Bulldogs fell victim to Balko’s stifling defense.
Thursday afternoon in Shackelford Hall, it was the Lady Bulldogs with the stifling defense. Forgan held Burlington to five points in the second half and advanced to today’s Area semifinals with a 43-19 win.
“I’m really proud of the defense, the girls worked hard and just played really good defense,” Forgan head coach Brett Trippet said. “We weren’t as good offensively. But when you play as good a defense as we did today, you don’t have to be that great offensively because we got some easy baskets, got in transition because of our defense being so good.”
Forgan established its dominance right off the bat, with a 3-pointer by Allison Watson to start the game. Forgan (17-9) built a 12-6 lead after the first quarter, and led by as many as 10 in the second before Burlington (19-11) put some points together and trailed by just five at 19-14 at the half.
The Lady Elks took advantage of several missed shots by Forgan during their 8-3 run in the final six minutes of the half.
Then Forgan not only turned up the defensive heat, but Burlington couldn’t buy a basket if they wanted, scoring just five points the rest of the game.
Burlington’s frustration opened up some easy transition opportunities for the Lady Bulldogs, and Kenzi Taylor was able to get open in the paint for some easy shots, as well.
After Burlinton’s Ashley Armbruster cut it to 19-16 early in the third, Forgan went on a 13-2 run and was never in any danger again.
Kenzi Taylor led Forgan with 14 points, Lindsey Trippet 10, Samantha Leisher added eight, Watson six, Gabby Martinez five.
Katelyn Garvie led Burlington with nine, Ashley Armbruster eight and Staci Stewart two.
Forgan was scheduled to play Shattuck this afternoon in the consolation semifinals at Woodward’s Boomer Fieldhouse. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Indians met once during the regular season, with Shattuck picking up the win on its home floor.