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Burlington Central routs Harvard

12/12/2012, 8:24pm CST
By Gene Chamberlain

Burlington Central’s has Mark Smith’s style of play, and continued Wednesday night to roll through the early schedule with a 61-17 road win over Harvard.

Burlington Central’s girls have quickly adapted to new coach Mark Smith’s style of play, and continued Wednesday night to roll through the early schedule while fine-tuning for next Tuesday’s Big Northern East showdown with Richmond-Burton.

The Rockets press and intense defense all over the court had an immediate impact against Harvard in a 61-17 BNC East road win.

“We’ve got some girls we can extend the full court with,” Smith said. “Camille Delacruz obviously and Kayla Ross are pretty quick little guards for us who try to make it a full-court game as much as they possibly can.”

Ross led the way with 16 points while Allison Colby had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Rockets starters had their time limited by the rout. In fact, Smith could substitute five at a time like a hockey line change Wednesday.

“We do have 10 girls who like to play and I told them before the game that if five girls come off and five girls come on, it’s not punishment. We want to get everybody in and get used to playing.”

Reserve Sam Pryor had seven of her 12 points in the first quarter and Ross and Colby scored four each as the Rockets jumped out to a 22-6 led.

Central (9-1, 2-0) outscored Harvard 22-6 in the first quarter and it was never a contest after that. In the third quarter, Ross scored five more and finished the game with eight rebounds despite being a 5-foot-7 guard.

“She like to call her the energizer bunny because of her quickness on the court,” said Colby, the team’s 6-foot sophomore center.

Central’s press was used sparingly after the first quarter, but the defense was intense, just the same. They held Harvard to only four points over the first 11:20 of the second half and the reserves didn’t let up, as Harvard went on to score only six second-half points.

Smith used the rout to work on fundamentals.

“Obviously you have to respect your opponent,” Smith said. “We wanted to work on offense, execute better and make crisper passes, not turn the ball over as much.

“Once we got a big lead we were able to make a few more passes in the second half.”

Rebecca Gerke and Shelby Holt had eight points each for Central, Holt, like Pryor, hitting two three-pointers in the contest.

Randi Blazier’s nine points led Harvard (2-9, 0-2).

Central plays at Woodstock (7:30 p.m. Friday) and at Crystal Lake South (3:30 p.m. Saturday) in two difficult nonconference matchups on the weekend before Tuesday’s game at Central with Richmond-Burton (5-4, 3-0).

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