GATE CITY — Going at a frenetic pace at both ends of the court, Gate City’s Lady Blue Devils rolled to an impressive 58-32 basketball victory over Sullivan East on Friday.
The Lady Blue Devils, who hadn’t played a game in two weeks, pestered the Lady Patriots the entire length of the floor on defense and relentlessly attacked the basket on offense.
Gate City (8-1) forced 11 first-half turnovers and held East (15-5) to just three points in the second quarter. The result was a 22-11 halftime advantage for the Lady Blue Devils, and it only got worse from there.
“I talked with our kids before the game about taking care of the ball and rebounding,” said Lady Patriots coach Allan Aubrey. “We didn’t do either of those things and it cost us.”
The Lady Blue Devils outscored the Lady Patriots 36-21 in the second half to blow open the game.
“We hadn’t played in two weeks and I think that was why we were so sloppy on offense,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright. “But we created a lot of havoc for East on defense and that turned into easy buckets.”
Morgan Gose led Gate City with 13 points, and Kaely Gose, who had not practiced all week because of a stomach virus, added 12. The Lady Blue Devils’ bench accounted for 27 points.
Kara Stafford led East with eight points.
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