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Fillies drop opener as Cougars take advantage of youthful errors

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By Mike Aldridge

After losing a 15-point lead in the fourth period and losing 59-56 to Calvary Christian, Fillies Coach Kim Furnish was not happy.  
“We had veteran players turn the ball over,” she lamented. “We need a guard who can take over a game, not react to the pressure like an inexperienced player.”
The Calvary Christian Lady Cougar squad (1-1) was returning all of their starters from last year while the Fillies returned only two, but still Furnish was concerned that her players were either timid and wanted to hide from the pressure or were reckless with the ball when the Fillies had a comfortable lead.
The Fillies jumped out to a lead early in the game with junior center Jordan Doram scoring five points early before the Lady Cougars could get going. But as they would do often in the game, the visiting team came back and tied the game at 10 points each at the end of the first quarter.  
Calvary Christian’s junior forward Hayley Emmerich came off the bench to spark the Cougars early in the second period as she made seven quick points to keep her team close.  
The Fillies pulled away in the middle of the period as sophomores Chelsea Ingram and Whitney Gray along with eighth grader Taylor Reffett scored enough baskets to help Doram as the Fillies took an eight-point lead 32-24 into the half.  
The Fillies shot the ball well for the first half as they made half of their 26 attempts while Calvary Christian was only connecting on one third of their tries.
The second half was a different story however as the Fillies took some ill advised three point attempts and defensively began making silly fouls.  
In the second half, Harrison County committed 16 fouls and shot only 27 percent from the field.
The Fillies did out-score the Lady Cougars in the third period by one point to take a nine-point lead into the final period.  
The final period was the segment of the game where the early third quarter fouls led to the bonus early for the Lady Cougars and the visitors ended the game with 29 attempts from the charity stripe to 19 for the Fillies.  
The three-point shot hurt Harrison County in the fourth quarter as Junior Sarah Roaden, senior McKenzie Rusch and sophomore Dayne Merkley combined for four of seven tries in the last stanza.  
Calvary Christian was eight of 21 from three-point land for the game while the Fillies were three of 14.  
“Even with all of the turnovers (the Fillies had 20) defense was our number one problem,” said Furnish. “Our weak side rebounding and defense are areas we have to improve immediately or we will get run off the floor Monday against Bourbon County.”
Doram led the Fillies in scoring and rebounding with 28 points and 13 boards. Gray had nine points and Ingram seven.  
Rusch led the Lady Cougars with 19 as she schooled her defender for the best part of the evening. Roaden added 14 and Emmerich had 11 before leaving with an injury late in the fourth period.
The Fillies junior varsity opened the season with a 39-14 win over the Calvary Christian junior varsity.