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Lady Indians clamp down on Van Buren

Friday, February 7, 2003

It took the Couch Lady Indians most of the first period to find first gear against the Van Buren Lady Bulldogs Jan. 30, but when they did, they shifted from first to fifth at breakneck speed.

A 15-0 run to open the second period spelled doom for Van Buren as Couch romped to a 77-52 win in the Big Springs Conference Tournament.

The number one-seed Lady Indians notched their first six points of the game from the foul line before Beth Jones hit Couch's first field goal with 2:42 left in the first.

Couch led 15-10 after one.

The Lady Indians' harassing full court pressure defense began to pay dividends in the second period as Couch reeled off 15 unanswered points to start the frame.

April Redus (24 points) hit her first shot from the floor at the 6:36 mark to give the Lady Indians a 23-10 lead.

Tiffany Murdock (11 points) was fouled shooting a 3 and went to the line and canned three free throws to push the Couch lead to 18, 28-10.

Redus then went on a one-woman scoring spree as she tossed in the next 10 points for Couch on a variety of moves inside and out.

The halftime buzzer sounded with Couch outscoring Van Buren 28-6 in the second to take a comfortable 43-16 margin to intermission.

It was more of the same in the third as Couch scored nine of the first 11 points of the frame, including a 30-foot jump shot by Redus that hit nothing but the bottom of the net as the Lady Indians sprinted out to a 52-20 lead.

When Vanessa Burgard banked in a layup to end the period, Couch's lead stood at 66-32 after three on their way to a final score of 77-52.

The Lady Indians finished their tourney run Feb. 1 by taking the title with a 74-39 win over the Alton Lady Comets.

April Redus had 25 points in the title game, while Heather Samons added 14, and Beth Jones 12.

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