Ashland defense smothers South Point girls, 66-41
SOUTH POINT -- South Point used an 8-0 run late in the first period to pull even with Ashland 13-13 after eight minutes. That didn't set well with Kittens coach Bill Bradley.
"We had a quiet chat about it," Bradley said. "They had a run, we got on them and they responded."
Ashland held South Point without a field goal in the second period and used a 23-3 burst to open a 36-16 lead at intermission on the way to a 66-41 win Monday night at South Point.
The Kittens (3-0) relied on their pressure defense to force turnovers or bad shots by the Pointers and capitalized on the transition along with the long-range shooting of Kaylyn Gambill and inside-outside play of Alexis Robinson.
"That's our style," Bradley said. "We're good about getting out on the trap and playing hard. It wears them out."
The Kittens forced 19 turnovers in the first half.
Gambill, the school's career-leader in three-point baskets, led Ashland with 19 points. She hit five from beyond the arc. Robinson contributed 15.
Aundrea Bradburn finished with 11 points to pace the Pointers (0-3) and Brianna Bacon chipped in with 10.
For the entire second period and five minutes into the third, Bradburn had South Point's only basket. It's the second time the Kittens have held an opponent without a field goal for a period. The first time came against Lewis County.
"We're inexperienced and it showed," South Point coach Dave Adams said. "We make a mistake and let it multiply. Plus that team (Ashland) played well."
Ashland is off until Saturday when it entertains unbeaten Boyd County. South Point returns to the court Thursday at home against Rock Hill. It's the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Bradley said one thing about the Kittens is they're unselfish. They work the ball to the open spot whether it's Gambill, Robinson or down low.
"They find her," Bradley said of working the ball around to Gambill on the wing. "She's got a quick release and can drive to the basket. This team's so unselfish."
In addition to the points, Robinson racked up seven steals, eight assists and blocked three shots.
Until Gambill left the game late in the third period, Adams kept telling his team to pay close attention to her.
"Where's No. 20?" is the question he kept shouting.
South Point's earlier losses were to Athens and Lawrence County.
"We'll play through this," Adams said. "We've played three good teams. Our plan is to get better every game. It will pay off later on."
ASHLAND 13 23 20 10 -- 66: Foutch 0 3-4 3, Slone 1 0-0 3, Jones 2 0-0 6, Young 4 1-2 9, Gunter 1 1-1 4, Hammond 0 1-2 1, Cullop 0 2-2 2, Gambill 7 0-0 19, Layne 1 0-1 2, M. Robinson 1 0-0 2, A. Robinson 5 4-6 15. Totals: 22 12-18 66.
SOUTH POINT 13 3 12 13 -- 41: Winkler 3 0-1 8, Hileman 2 0-0 4, Whaley 0 1-2 1, Rawlins 1 0-0 3, Justice 1 2-4 4, Bacon 4 0-2 10, Bradburn 3 4-11 11. Totals: 14 7-20 41.
3-point goals: Ashland 10 (Slone, Jones 2, Gunter, Gambill 5, A. Robinson). South Point 6 (Winkler 2, Rawlins, Bacon 2, Bradburn).