2018-01-10 / Sports

Lady ‘Skins fight off Muxlow, Brown City

Take early lead in GTC East

Hannah Ruth, a senior guard, helped lead Sandusky to a win over Brown City on Thursday night. 
Photo by Dale Ball Hannah Ruth, a senior guard, helped lead Sandusky to a win over Brown City on Thursday night. Photo by Dale Ball BROWN CITY – Shutting down Kendal Muxlow in the opening quarter allowed the Sandusky Redskins to breathe a little easier the rest of the way.

The Lady ‘Skins, now 8-1 overall, claimed the lead in GTC East girls hoops Thursday night by stopping Brown City, 46-29, in an early division showdown.

Now 2-0 in the East, Sandusky started fast in the first quarter to take a 10-point lead, 12-2, holding Muxlow, an All-Thumb Area player as a sophomore, to the one bucket.

The Lady ‘Skins, playing without starting point guard Madysen Jansen (hip injury), had two senior role players – Hannah Ruth and Ceirra Phillips – step up on offense in the first quarter. They combined for all the offense, each scoring six points.

“We got off to a nice start,” said Al DeMott, the 38-year coach at Sandusky. “Great team defense and strong rebounding were big for us – we didn’t give up many second shots.”

“Hannah had a nice all-around game on both ends of the floor. She made Kendall Muxlow work hard. And, Ceirra (finished) in double figures again.”

Muxlow, a 5’9” guard/forward, began to find her touch (6 pts.) in the second quarter, but the ‘Skins built a substantial 18-point, 28-10, lead by halftime.

Senior Haley Nelson, a Class C all-State player a year ago, sparked Sandusky, not only with 10 points in the half, but also with her all-around play, which included, at least, four assists.

Cindy Burton, BC’s veteran coach, who has an all junior starting line-up, credited ‘the ‘Skins’ work on defense.

“Sandusky did a really good job on her,” noted. “Sandusky, as a whole, played really good defense against all our girls. We need to get back in the gym and continue to work on our game.”

The Lady ‘Skins offensive output slowed down in the second half, but they still maintained a substantial lead, 36-19, through three quarters.

Muxlow, meanwhile, made a personal 10-point run on offense in the fourth quarter to pull her team to within 12, 39-27, with less than three minutes remaining. But, that was as close as it would get.

Nelson finished a big night all-around with 13 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Ruth netted 12 points and Phillips added 10. Gabby Gough, a 5’11” junior, had just five points, but played a big role on offense, handling the ball, and on defense. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.

On the win, DeMott added, “Brown City is a well-coached team and threw a lot of things at us. But, I thought our girls responded well.”

The Lady ‘Skins could get another test this Thursday night when they host Harbor Beach in East play. The Pirates are 1-1 in the division, losing at Brown City early on, but are 6-2 overall. They finished second in the East a year ago.

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