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Dugger Union finishes with a flurry in win over Palestine

By B.J. Hargis
Photo by B.J. Hargis: Dugger Union players, from left, including Mia Marlow, Izzy Wall, Stormy Kinnard and Hannah Smith made life tough for Palestine guard Kaylee Pettigrew on Monday at Dugger.

DUGGER — The host Lady Bulldogs made 6 of 10 shots to begin the fourth quarter as Dugger Union pulled away for a 54-30 victory over Palestine, Illinois on Monday night.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Pioneers 28-5 in the final eight minutes to secure their 10th win in 14 games, including a 52-37 win at Palestine in December.
“You could tell we had not played since Dec. 22,” Dugger Union coach Chrystal Salesman said of the 16-day layoff since defeating Shoals at the the Hoosier Gym. “Because of that, we got off to such a slow start.
“Palestine was able to take advantage of that. I think they scored seven straight points to start the second quarter to take an 18-13 lead.”
But the Dugger Union defensive limited Palestine without a basket for over nine minutes. The Bulldogs outscored the guests from Illinois 15-1 during that stretch, capped off by a putback from Hattie Smith as their lead reached 28-19 early in the third quarter.
“Hattie played a great game tonight,” said Salesman. “We finally settled down after the slow start and got things going, especially in the fourth quarter.”
Stormy Kinnard led the winners with 20 points, including making three 3-pointers. She was the lone player in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs.
But seven of eight girls scored as Smith finished with seven, as did Kaylee Ballard. Hannah Smith and Madison Marlow each scored six points and Izzy Wall and Mia Marlow scored four apiece.
“It was good to play a game again,” said Salesman. “That was a very long layoff, but the girls battled through a slow start to get the job done.”
Freshman Katie Draper knocked down three triples to lead Palestine with 15 points.
The Lady Bulldogs will play at Martinsville Tabernacle at 6 p.m. Friday.
Their game with Medora has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25.
PALESTINE (30) — Pettigrew 3 0-1 6, Draper 6 0-0 15, M. Lanham 0 0-2 0, Piper 1 1-2 3, Burton 1 0-0 2, Rudd 0 1-2 1, Holscher 1 0-0 2, K. Lanham 0 0-0 0, Messinger 0 0-0 0, Coffman 0 1-2 1. Totals 12 3-9 30.
DUGGER UNION (54) — Izzy Wall 2 0-0 4, Mia Marlow 2 0-4 4, Kaylee Ballard 2 2-2 7, Stormy Kinnard 7 3-8 20, Kinley Ballard 0 0-0 0, Hannah Smith 3 0-0 6, Madison Marlow 3 0-0 6, Hattie Smith 3 1-4 7. Totals 22 6-18 54.
Palestine                            11  8  6  5 — 30
Dugger Union                     13 11 7 23 — 54
3-pointers — Palestine 3 (Draper 3), Dugger Union 4 (Kinnard 3, Ka. Ballard. Fouls — Palestine 15, Dugger Union 13. Fouled out — M. Lanham.

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