Sometimes, great defense is the best offense.
The Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team proved that Monday night in a 28-5 victory over South Central at VJHS.
The Junior Vandals defense was relentless all night, which led to easy baskets on the offensive end. The home team scored 11 of its 14 field goals off of steals, with a majority of those buckets coming on transition layups.
Vandalia set the tone early on with its full-court press, forcing 10 first-quarter turnovers. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Junior Vandals had 21 steals to their credit, with point guard Megan Godoyo leading the way with nine takeaways.
Godoyo nearly recorded a double-double, as she finished with a team-high 10 points. She also tied for the team lead with four rebounds and two assists.
The Junior Vandals (10-5) scored the game’s first 18 points, as South Central didn’t get on the board until the 4:36 mark of the third quarter.
Morgan Whightsil added six points, three rebounds and two steals for Vandalia, while Sarah Morgan and Morgan Cripe had four points and three steals apiece.
Brittany Anspach chipped in two points and two steals, while Haley Cothern had two points and two rebounds.
Abby Dugan tied Godoyo for the team lead in rebounds with four boards.
The victory extended the Junior Vandals’ win streak to four games.
Last Thursday’s Game
Vandalia 27, Greenville 15
Anspach scored a game-high 11 points, as the Junior Vandals cruised to a win over the Bluejays.
Whightsil added six points in a winning effort, while Godoyo and Cothern had four apiece. Reynolds rounded out the Vandalia scoring with two points.
Last Tuesday’s Game
Vandalia 19, Litchfield 17
Vandalia used an 8-4 fourth-quarter advantage to edge Litchfield at home.
Whightsil had seven points to lead the Junior Vandals in the scoring column, while Anspach added six and Morgan and Cothern had two points apiece.