Tadlock, Bunnies turn to defense
FISHER — Extended time in between games has ended with mixed results for the Fisher girls' basketball team.
The Bunnies were 1-1 in games played after a layoff of at least a week this season. Make that 2-1.
Led by senior forward Danielle Tadlock's game-high 12 points, the third-seeded Bunnies handled No. 6 DeLand-Weldon 45-14 on Monday night in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal game on Fisher's court.
"I thought they would struggle against our pressure and our zone," Fisher coach Ken Ingold said. "You never want to take anything for granted, and I thought we took care of business. We did what we had to do."
The Bunnies jumped out to an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter on an inside basket by sophomore center Caitlin Cole (10 points, six rebounds).
Fisher's defense forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and 29 for the game against a DeLand-Weldon team that dressed only six players.
Fisher last played on Jan. 30, and Ingold said his team usually plays better without much of a break.
"I was pleased with the way we handled the game in a business-like manner tonight," Ingold said. "Until we backed off our press we never really gave them the opportunity to run much offense."
Fisher returns tonight to play No. 2 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at 8:10 in a regional semifinal. The rivals have met twice this year, with both games coming down to the final seconds. The third will have much more at stake — a spot in Thursday night's regional championship game.
"We know what they bring, and I'm expecting another game that's going to go right down to the wire," Ingold said.
Blue Ridge 61, Buckley Christ Lutheran 20. Jacquelyn O'Neal scored 21 points and the Knights built an insurmountable 31-7 halftime lead. Melinda Wilson added 16 points.
Andrea DeBella scored all of her game-high nine points for the Crusaders in the second half.