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November 25, 2013

Savages open with win

SIGOURNEY — The opening game for the two teams was typical in many ways of the first action in a new girls basketball season.

The shooting will certainly get better, the free-throw shooting will have to get better, and the number of turnovers will be lowered as the teams advance through their respective seasons. The 50-32 win for Sigourney over Tri-County Friday night in Sigourney was not typical of an opening game, however, because it was a conference game.

The Savages, a team of interchangeable parts, used their quickness, team speed and depth to apply early pressure that put the Trojans in an early hole.

“I think that this is the type of team we want to be,” said Sigourney coach Andy Harter. “We’re not big — so we will need to use our defense to help us score.”

Karah Appleget opened the scoring for the new season — giving Sigourney a quick 2-0 lead. Jordan Carter followed with a basket to double the Savage lead. Kristen Lundy opened the scoring for Tri-County with a basket inside.

Carter, playing at the point of the Savage press, added three more baskets in the opening quarter. Her back-to-back scores put Sigourney up 13-4 with just over two minutes to play in the first.

Carter would lead the winners with a big double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds.

“I was a little nervous at the start, but I think it’s good to have an early game. We're just all ready to get going and improve on last year,” said Carter.

Sigourney would not score again in the quarter but the visitors only scored three in that time so the Savages led 13-7 after one.

“We had some early trouble against the press,” said Tri-County coach Keith Kiburz. “They really pushed the ball up the court, off the press and off the rebound. We didn't get back like we needed to.”

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