Milligan, Taylor team up to upset Rector

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

BY BRIAN HICKS Town Crier Sports Staff

The Lady Mustangs came out fighting last Thursday night as they hosted Rector. From the moment they gained possession of the ball they dominated the game.

BIC's Morgan Milligan, who would go on to have an excellent game, put the first points on the board with a pretty turnaround jumper. Rector's Jessica Hill responded driving down the court making points of her own.

BIC showed aggressive ball movement early leading to Leslie Cobb shooting a long jumper to make the score 4-2 with 5:30 left in the first. After a lengthy defensive battle Rector would tie the score with 3:52 on the clock. After a BIC time-out Rachel Taylor stepped back behind the line to make her first of six threes. Then Rector received a technical foul that gave the Lady Mustangs a 10-6 lead.

As the first quarter came to a close BIC's Leslie Cobb showed amazing hustle allowing Rector to score only one other point in the first. BIC led 10-7 as the second quarter began.

Morgan Milligan would start things off stealing the ball and driving to the basket. She would again steal the ball on Rector's next possession leading to a Valerie Willyerd lay-up.

With 5:21 left in the half BIC had increased their lead 17-8. The Lady Mustangs dominated the rest of the half with Morgan Milligan and Valerie Willyerd both working the boards and scoring and Rachel Taylor making her second three of the night.

As the buzzer went off BIC had increased their lead 24-10. Both teams started the third quarter off slow, but BIC's Rachel Taylor would step behind the line once again the get things started giving her team a 24-13 lead. Then with 5:21 on the clock Valerie Willyerd would grab the offensive rebound and put up the shot. BIC's Rachel Taylor would own the rest of the quarter shooting three three-pointers in a row bringing BIC to a 35-15 lead.

Thanks to amazing efforts by Morgan Milligan and Rachel Taylor the Lady Mustangs would start the fourth quarter with a 40-22 lead. BIC would use their defensive depth and excellent ball handling to burn time off the clock early in the fourth quarter. Scoring came to a stand still for both teams and the fourth quarter became an intense defensive battle.

With 1:09 left in the game Morgan Milligan would put on a show driving to the basket, and making an impossible no look pass to Holly Cagle on the next possession.

With 18 seconds left she would finish her fabulous night making two freethrows and leading her team to a 55-30 victory against Rector. Morgan Milligan led all scorers with 19.

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