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Laney girls stay on roll with tough defense


Laney's Brianna Baham drives past Scotland County's Tykera JohnsonTuesday night at Laney High School. (Photo by Photo By: Jeff Janowski/StarNews Media)


The ongoing theme of the Laney girls basketball story for the 2012-13 season has been based on one primary word – defense. And thus far, the pressure put on opposing offenses has been the key element en route to an 11-1 record.

The latest chapter of Pressure Miserables for an opponent came in Tuesday night's 47-31 Buccaneers' victory over visiting Scotland County.

From the outset, the Laney defense was problematic for the Fighting Scots. The result led to everything from steals and layups to a 5-second call on an in-bounds play to a tie-up on a jump ball.

"I think once we were able to keep the ball out of the middle, either on penetration or the pass to the middle, then it created a lot of turnovers," Laney coach Sherri Tynes said. "We got some steals. We got some traps. They were having a hard time throwing it out of the traps."

The Buccaneers got 10 points from Brianna Baham and nine from Amber Doniere, who also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Laney wrapped up the first half with a 12-0 run to extend an 18-17 edge into a 30-17 lead. The Scots managed only two field goals over the course of the second and third periods.

"For the most part, I think our energy level has been good," Tynes said. "We've had some different people scoring both nights since we've been back from the Christmas break.

"So that's good to see that we're getting some more people involved in the offense, which is what we've got to have."

Scotland's Ariel Ratcliff led all scorers with 13 points.

The Buccaneers will move back into the Mideastern Conference schedule on Friday with a trip to Greenville Rose.