VERSAILLES – The Versailles Lady Tigers’ 67-29 victory over Miami East was more than the typical regular season victory.
This win was the 250th in head coach Jacki Stonebraker’s career at Versailles. Stonebraker, in her 14th year at the helm, has the 2016-17 edition of the Lady Tigers off to a 6-0 start.
“It’s gratifying to coach these girls,” Coach Stonebraker said. “Without the girls’ dedication, how much basketball they play in the offseason and how they come together during the regular season, it doesn’t happen.
“I thank my coaching staff. They do great things, things I can’t do by myself … You talk to any head coach and they say it’s the assistant coaches that make you as a head coach … I said I wanted to coach for five years … It’s so much fun … The girls learn so much from the game of basketball.”
Versailles was in charge of this contest from the opening tip. A scorching 14-2 opening run set the stage for what was to come. The Lady Tigers continued to build the lead throughout the first quarter as six players scored as they pushed the margin to 20 by period’s end to 27-7.
“We played a really good first quarter,” Stonebraker said. “Really ran the floor well and were making good decisions.”
Though the offense was thriving thanks to transition opportunities triggered by the Versailles full-court press and fast breaks after defensive rebounds, the defense was simply strangling the Lady Vikings’ attack. After allowing Miami East three first quarter field goals the Lady Tigers would permit only four in the second. This enabled them to create a 39-15 lead at the intermission.
Although the Lady Tigers would only score 28 points in the second half, their defense would get even better. Versailles allowed just 14 points in the final 16 minutes to still increase their advantage with the reduced scoring.
Eleven Lady Tigers dented the scorebook. The inside combination of Danielle Winner and Liz Ording had 13 and 12 with Kami McEldowney and Clair Schmitmeyer adding 11 and nine.
Versailles’ victory moved the Tigers to 6-0 on the season with a 2-0 record in the Midwestern Athletic Conference. The Lady Tigers resume action Tuesday as they host Lima Bath.