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Defense Keys MICDS Girls Win over John Burroughs

The Rams limit the Bombers to five first half points in a 44-24 win Friday night at MICDS.

MICDS sophomore Emily Kyman has been the model of consistency for the Rams in the 2011-12 season.

The guard has scored in double figures in all but two games, including games of 22 and 18 points. She had four 3-pointers in one game.

Kyman was limited to just a single point Friday night against John Burroughs. But the rest of the Rams responded to the rare off game by Kyman as they defeated the Bombers 44-24 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Paint It Pink game.

"I lot of times a team will struggle when your best player has an off night," MICDS coach Scott Small said. "We really struggled shooting the ball overall tonight. I think it says something about the other parts of our game when you can still beat a rivalry team by 20 points."

And that other part of the game was defense which was suffocating at times against the Bombers, who were playing without their top scorer Steph Kelly.

"I felt to be successful tonight that we needed to get the ball inside and then out," Small said. "We struggled shooting but we really got after it on defense. We trapped all over the floor and made things difficult for them. And I liked the way we really got after the loose balls."

MICDS was not lighting the scoreboard up in the first half with just 20 points. But the Rams had a comfortable lead since they gave up just five points to the Bombers in the first 16 minutes. John Burroughs had three points in the first quarter and two in the second.

John Burroughs was able to make a bit of a run early in the third quarter and cut the deficit to single figures. But Campbell Torchin hit a 3-pointer for the Rams and freshman Maya Howard hit a pair of treys, the final one which was banked home just before the buzzer to end the third quarter.

"Maya is a freshman and I think you could tell in the first minute or two that she looked nervous," Small said. "But she really settled down. You can tell by watching her pla that she has played a lot of basketball. She had very quick hands defensively. I am happy with her progress."

Howard was the only player on either team to finish in double figures as she had 12 points. MICDS had eight players score in the game.

Jordan McClendon had eight points to pace the Bombers.

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