A 38-22 win over the Murray Mustangs at home Monday, Jan. 6, put the Melcher-Dallas Lady Saints at 5-5 overall and 4-1 in Bluegrass Conference play.

M-D raced to an early 10-2 lead before struggling the rest of the first half.

At halftime the Saints glanced at the scoreboard and they were still in charge, barely at 11-10.

The Saints were a new team in the second half. The Mustangs scored only three points in the third quarter as M-D took charge 22-13 to enter the final quarter.

“We had good shots in the first half, they just weren’t falling. At halftime, I told the girls to keep shooting and attacking the basket,” stated M-D Coach Kelsey Goff.

Rebounding the ball was big as M-D pulled down 10 offensive rebounds against the Mustangs. Riley Enfield, who checks in at 5’3”, came up big by chasing down nine rebounds.

After building the lead to nine entering the final quarter, holes to the basket opened up as Hayley Godfrey finished with 14 points, 12 of them in the last half.

Kynser Reed also had success driving to the hoop as she finished with eight points as did Grace Overgaard.

Destinie Swanks contributed five points and Lilly Bennett three for M-D.

Kinzee Eggers was the lone Mustang in double digits as she had 10.

For the first 13 minutes of the second half the Mustangs had just one made field goal.

It was as if the hoop at the west end of the court had a lid on it.

“Our defense played well, holding them to 10 points at half and into the second half,” Goff said.

Overgaard was the M-D board leader with 11. Godfrey led in steals with three and Swanks in blocked shots with two.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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