Dec. 21, 2009
Story courtesy of Campbellsville Sports Information
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - No. 10 Campbellsville (Ky.) put up one of its best defensive showings of the season to down No. 4 Shawnee State University (Ohio), 83-66, at home Friday.
"I thought it would be a close game, but we hit some big shots and had some people step up and score," Campbellsville head coach Ginger Colvin said. "We have a lot of offensive weapons, and if we play defense, we'll be hard to beat. Tonight was one of the best defensive showings we've had. We beat a real good team tonight."
The Lady Bears led the first eight minutes of the game until the first media timeout. That's when Whitney Ballinger checked back into the game.
Ballinger's impact was felt immediately, blocking a shot to set up a game-tying 3-pointer by Melly Heaton, 22-22, and powering her team to a lead it never relinquished. Over the next four minutes, Ballinger turned a 22-19 deficit into a 34-24 lead, scoring eight of the Lady Tigers' 15 points in the run and helping set up the other seven. She finished the game with 21 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in 24 minutes of play.
"She played like an All-American tonight," Colvin said. "She's all around player and that showed. We really wanted a high post and she came out and provided it."
Through the rest of the game, Heaton, Courtney Danis and Mackenzie Lee combined for 50 points each to join Ballinger in double-figure scoring. Danis quietly built her scoring tally to 20 points, while Heaton and Lee each had 15 points and three 3-pointers each.
"I think Courtney's an All-American also. We talk about Whitney all the time, but Courtney gives us a solid game, game-in and game-out. She has to be considered among the top," Colvin said. "Melly and Mac hit some big shots at key times also."
Defensively, Campbellsville scored 21 points off 23 Shawnee turnovers. The Lady Tigers had 10 steals and blocked seven shots, while holding a 46-percent shooting team to 39.4 percent from the floor.
Jill Cropper led Shawnee with 21 points in the post, followed by Whitney Williams' 14 points and 12 from Mallory Albers, who was plagued with foul trouble.
Campbellsville snapped a three-game series losing skid to Shawnee State, who beat CU, 106-58, last year and 79-72 and 64-62 the previous two years.