The Delaware Hayes girls basketball, a Division-I program, used its size and numbers to pick up an opening night 53-37 win over visiting Delaware Christian, a Division-IV program.
Brandy Bauer scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers wear down the Eagles and give new coach Jim Morgan a win in his first game as coach.
“We had a lot of intensity and I think that’s what pushed (us),” Bauer said. “Everybody had good energy. I give all of my thanks to coach and all of the girls have been working hard and it’s paying off.”
“Any win is a good win,” Morgan said. “Especially after a rocky season last year.”
Hayes outscored the Delaware Christian 17-5 in the fourth quarter, which started on back-to-back baskets underneath by Bauer, who led the team with eight rebounds.
“That was our plan – to wear them down … sub early and often,” Morgan said. “I think we have a lot more depth. We’ve got nine, 10 (or) 11 girls that can play.”
Katie Blair, who had 12 points and six steals, had a key three-point play later in the fourth to help the Pacers (1-0) pull away.
“She’s very athletic and just has a good basketball mind,” Morgan said. “The whole key with her is if she gives perfect effort, she can play with anybody.”
Erin McCullough, who signed with Cedarville Tuesday, led the Eagles (0-1) with 16 points, five blocks and four steals. Liz Sullivan added six points and four rebounds.
“(McCullough) sometimes tries to do too much at certain times and that really does hurt us, but you can never fault her effort – ever … ever … ever,” Eagles coach Jackie Boggs said. “I wish everyone would work as hard as her when she’s out there.”
DC has eight of 10 players on the volleyball squad, who just finished the season as district runner-up.
“We did some good stuff, but we just don’t play physical basketball,” Boggs said. “We never had … we should. We really have to fix that. We’re going to have to play more physical.”
They are off and running in basketball with a home game against Granville Christian, who won the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League last season, Tuesday night to open both the home schedule and league play. The Eagles finished second.
Hayes also opens league play Tuesday night against Olentangy, winner of the OCC-Capital last season.
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