BLUE HILL — The Sandy Creek girls basketball team had the foot on the accelerator from the opening tipoff of Thursday's matchup at Blue Hill, and the Cougars never let off.
The Cougars (10-5) scored the first 15 points of the game en route to posting a 50-40 victory over the Class C-2 No. 5 Bobcats (12-2). The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for Blue Hill.
Sandy Creek led 8-0 less than three minutes into the contest after the Cougar defense forced six quick Blue Hill turnovers, five of which were steals.
The Cougars dominated every facet of the opening quarter — forcing nine Bobcat turnovers, holding Blue Hill to just 1-for-7 shooting from the floor and outrebounding Blue Hill 16-6, including a 12-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
"We felt like we had a good game plan and the girls did a good job defensively executing that game plan," Sandy Creek coach Russ Ninemire said. "In the second quarter, we started giving up some uncontested drives, but in the third and fourth quarters, I felt like we were really taking things away from them. We also challenged our girls with rebounds. We know that Blue Hill is an excellent rebounding team and I really challenged the team to step up and they did a great job, especially in the first quarter, crashing the glass and getting second and third opportunities."