Hayes handles Liberty 53-33
DCS improves to 2-0 with win over Northside Christian
Ben Stroup Sports Editor
Hayes won its second straight game to start the season Tuesday, using another impressive defensive performance to knock off visiting Liberty 53-33.
“We were strong defensively,” Delaware coach Peter Minardi said. “The girls were aggressive and pressured the ball well. We also had a big edge in terms of offensive rebounds, which was huge for us. All in all, it was a good team effort.”
The Pacers (2-0) outscored the Patriots (1-1) in all four quarters. They had a 13-9 lead after one, were up 22-15 at the break and 34-21 heading into the final eight minutes of action.
Kristen McMillen and Maranda Merriman led Delaware with 16 points each. McMillen added five steals and five rebounds to her stat line while Merriman knocked down two of the team’s five three-pointers in the win.
Kristen Levering and Alexa Fisher led Liberty with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
DELAWARE CHRISTIAN 46, NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 37
The Eagles posted their second straight early-season win Tuesday, handling host Northside Christian 46-37.
DCS (2-0) took care of business early, jumping out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and a 28-11 edge heading into halftime. The hosts outscored the Eagles 15-9 in the third and 11-9 in the fourth, but it didn’t matter as Erin McCullough and company were too much in the end.
McCullough finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots when all was said and done. Other DCS standouts included Emily Cornelius, who finished with seven points and a team-best four assists; and Bethany Kuykendall, who closed with 13 points and six boards.
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