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JV Lady Falcons take in-conference victory

February 7, 2014

by jordanguerra

The Lady Falcons entered Friday’s Section 2 matchup with fierce determination in their eyes, having the memory of January’s loss against Troy fresh on their minds. During pregame drills fans could feel the intensity radiating from Albany’s bigs, who had a noticeable size advantage and prepared to cast shadows over the much smaller Troy lineup.

Falcon’s head coach Ashley Chapple emphasized press coverage during warm-ups to, ”make [Troy] play a fast-paced game and use our height advantage to defend the paint.”

The Falcons executed the game plan to near perfection, sailing over Troy in a 46-39 victory. After Troy’s 7-0 run to start the game, the Falcons reorganized and forged an impressive defensive stand, including a steal and three blocks, to take the lead before the end of the first quarter, 12-10.

Troy guard Madison Pinzer scored five consecutive points to regain the lead in the opening minute of the second quarter. Troy kept the lead for most of the first half, but Albany’s determination and hustle soon proved too much for Troy to match. When the clock hit 2:31 in the second quarter, Albany guard Nina Rouse had already caused two jump balls and a steal by consistently fighting for possession on the ground. Rouses’s efforts eventually turned the tide for the Lady Falcons, and the team rallied behind her. By the end of the first half, the score was an even 24-24, and Rouse lead the Falcons with 4 points. Her energy and determination set the tone her team soon followed.

“I got to the ground and to the ball as fast as I could whenever the opportunity presented itself,” said Rouse after causing 3 jump-balls by the end of the game.

An 8-0 Albany run secured the lead in the third quarter, and the Falcons never looked back. Albany protected the lead for the remainder of the game by notching an incredible 14 offensive rebounds and 6 blocks. In only her second game of the year, Chelsea Johnson was the x-factor on the Falcon’s roster. Johnson contributed 4 offensive rebounds and 9 points, including a high arching thrAlbany guard Nina Rouse pass assists. Photo credit, Guerraee-pointer to seal Albany’s victory with 21 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t cover well, allowed too many wide-open shots and were dominated on the boards. We’re lucky to even finish this one within seven,” said Troy head coach Darwin Carr, acknowledging the lopsided contest.

The Falcon’s towering presence was complemented by good hands and an impressive display of basketball fundamentals. Albany finished with 8 steals, 4 of which lead to points, and simply out-hustled their opponent to achieve a hard-fought victory over a conference rival. This massive effort was exemplified when Albany forward Eneah Fite dove out of bounds to steal the ball while simultaneously ricocheting it off a Troy player to regain possession with a 32-26 lead, and 2:56 left to play in the third. Sheer will and unrecorded stats owned the night for the Lady Falcons.

“We didn’t box out, our shots weren’t falling and we were simply out-hustled,” said Troy forward Arianna Judge.-30-

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