The University Height Academy Lady Blazers got Thursday night's win on the offensive glass and on the defensive end.
Lily Hendricks led the way with 22 points and Meghan Adams recorded a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) while UHA pulled down 23 offensive rebounds and forced 20 turnovers in its 61-49 win over Dawson Springs.
"The kids, they went out and they played hard," Lady Blazers' head coach Derrick Hickman said. "I encouraged them to play hard and play aggressive. That was the key."
Following UHA's loss to Graves earlier this week, this bounce-back win was encouraging for Hickman.
"Kids need some spirit -- they need some lift," he said. "Sometimes you get so down and sometimes it rains on you. You need a little light. The kids played hard and played as a team. That was my goal. I wanted them to have fun and play hard."
The Lady Blazers' dominated the boards as they finished with two players with at least 10 rebounds. Hickman said while seeing his team pull down 23 offensive boards, he said he wants to see his team improve on putting points on the board more consistently after pulling down the rebounds.
"We've got to finish," Hickman said. "That's what we've got to work on in practice. We can rebound, but we need to be able to finish too."
UHA won the battle on the offensive glass 23-7 in the contest.
Bench providesbig spark
While the likes of Hendricks, Adams and the rest of the starters for the Lady Blazers are putting together big nights, the bench for UHA, particularly junior Brittyn Northington and seventh-grader Alecia Davis, provided the extra boost for Hickman's team on Thursday night.
"We had Brittyn Northington. She came off the bench and gave us a lot inside and rebounds," he said. "And then I had my little guard -- my little seventh grader Alecia Davis. She played hard, she was aggressive ... Them two came off the bench and gave us a lot of energy."
The pair combined for 18 points in the win.
Northington said she made sure she was making the right plays at the right time and taking advantage of Dawson Springs was giving her.
"Making sure I made better passes and making sure I was getting my teammates the ball when I had the opportunity to," Northington said.
Davis, who finished with eight points in the win, said she stepped it up as the game went on.
"First, I started out not really playing that hard," Davis said. "I just had to try harder and make buckets."
Moving forward, Northington said her team will need to keep doing what it did on Thursday to keep the momentum going.
"Just making sure we're making the right passes and thinking," Northington said. "Sometimes people get a little nervous, but we're doing good."
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The Lady Blazers travel to play Crittenden County on Saturday. Hickman said he is going to up the intensity in practice to make sure his team is always ready to play.
"I told them what we're going to do is we're going to practice harder," he said. "I got to make them practice like you play. That's my goal. I told them after the game, 'we're going to get into practice and we're going to work harder and harder and harder.' "
UHA 61, Dawson Springs 49
DSHS (2-1)9 15 8 17 -- 49
UHA (2-2)12 20 14 15 -- 61
UHA: Hendricks 22, Adams 10, Northington 10, Davis 8, Rager 7, Miller 2, Dailey 2.
DS: Clark 19, Randolph 8, Ward 6, Hooper 6, Spurlin 4, Harper 2, Oldham 2, Drennan 2