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The Suburbanite
  • Green outlasts Tallmadge, wins 34-25

  • Defense and timely free throws propelled the Lady Bulldogs (7-10, 5-7) as they upset the Lady Blue Devils (14-6, 8-5) at home Wednesday night.

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  • Defense and timely free throws propelled the Lady Bulldogs (7-10, 5-7) as they upset the Lady Blue Devils (14-6, 8-5) at home Wednesday night.
    The game was knotted at 23 apiece midway through the fourth quarter before Green made its final push.
    Points were hard to come by but Green turned defense into offense late in the game. Green forced Tallmadge turnovers on five straight possessions and was often fouled in transition, leading to free throws that helped them garner and buffer the lead.
    “Down towards the end, we hit our free throws for a change. We shot 16 of 22 for the game,” said Green coach Tracy Miller. “It was just a good defensive battle between two good defensive teams.”
    Tarah McCausland was clutch down the stretch, going a perfect six for six on free throws in the fourth. Senior guard Erika Rector also hit some big buckets and did a yeoman's job guarding Tallmadge's best offensive player. Both finished with 10 points.
    “Probably the biggest reason we won the game was Erika Rector denying Kelsey Rice the ball, we held her to five points,” said Miller. “And down towards the end, Tarah McCausland was six for six at the free throw line, that's what won us the game right there.”
    Freshman forward Madison Jackson missed the game as she dislocated her knee on Saturday against Cloverleaf.  She is currently rehabbing and Miller hopes to have her back in time for the tournament.
    Green JV won by a final tally of 36-35, led by Jenna Piersol, who finished with 26 points.