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When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Lady Red Devils werenâ€™t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils â€” coming as close as five points â€” Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.
â€śI thought we did a pretty good job against the pressure. I think that comes from playing against teams like Hickory that do full court pressure, so we were pretty prepared for the type of style they had,â€ť Newton-Conover girls basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe said, adding that as the Lady Red Devils broke the press they scored quick transition buckets. â€śBut we donâ€™t always need to score, we need to run and work some clock and execute on that end.â€ť
Down, 30-22 at the half, the Lady Mavericks began applying pressure, making steals and scoring points.
â€śThere is not a team in our conference that is going to be as physical or as athletic as Mallard Creek. ... I thought we did a really good job at times handling their pressure, handling how physical they were and just matching their intensity,â€ť Tharpe said of the 4-1 team.
The Red Devils were led by Kadesha Gibbs who logged blocked shots and rebounds, while scoring a team high 18 points. Shynese Whitener matched the high with 18 points.
â€śI think we grew up a lot tonight,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śThat is a great team we beat.â€ť