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February 13, 2014

Saber girls down the Saints

Melcher-Dallas — The Twin Cedars Lady Sabers held on to win a close game over their intra-county, Bluegrass Conference rivals, the Melcher-Dallas Lady Saints on Tuesday, Feb. 11. 

The Sabers took the early advantage in a fast-paced first quarter. Steals were abundant for both teams, but outside shooting was off. Nevertheless, the first quarter ended with the Sabers up 15-10. 

Twin Cedars kept the pressure up in the second quarter, though they continued to have their own struggles from the floor. The Sabers held a lead of seven points through most of the quarter until Melcher-Dallas Sophomore Sydney Suntken went on a tear, scoring five quick points to bring the Saints to within two. Sydney Suntken finished the game with seven points, two steals and one assist. 

With a lead of 25-23 late in the second, the Sabers appeared to be happy to run the clock out on the half. Things tightened up in the third quarter as shooting troubles plagued both teams. Late in the third, the Sabers' Brittney Roby, a senior, found her stride and helped lead Twin Cedars to a 36-27 lead going into the final period. 

The Saints' troubles continued in the fourth, as Twin Cedars' first two points of the quarter came off of free throws, granted the Sabers after a technical foul against M-D Coach Jon Suntken. The Sabers continued to dominate the quarter, as it was nearly half over before the Saints were able to put any points on the board. Melcher-Dallas' point total in the fourth was three. 

The heated rivalry between these two teams became even more evident as the game went on. The play became more physical and more than one girl for each team was knocked to the ground at some point. The Sabers' toughness outlasted the Saints to give Twin Cedars a 47-30 win. 

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