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The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs appear to have found their shooting touch. After hitting over 50 percent of their shots in the previous game, the Lady Dawgs connected on 45 percent Monday in a 79-51 win over visiting Hale.
Once again, the Hardin-Central girls had a quick getaway as the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter on the way to improving to 5-1 in the CLAA.
Four Lady Dawgs reached double figures with Brooke Derstler leading the way with a game-high 21 – 10 of those coming in the opening period. Derstler also dished out a team-high 8 assists to go along with 5 steals. Reanna Newham hit 6 of her 9 field goal attempts including all three shots from outside the 3-point arc on her way to a 15-point evening.
Megan Layman and Lindsey Arbogast each added 10 points to the winning effort. Layman also had 5 steals.
Allison Oyler chipped in 8 points for Hardin-Central, while hitting the boards to grab 7 rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded the Cardinals 35-19 in the game. Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Tommie Twyman with 5, while Angelica Bradley and Jessica Calhoun each scored 4, and Brianne McGuire had 2.
Michaela Daniels led the Hale scoring with 17, followed by Casey Childress with 16, and Megan Fisher with 11.
After building its huge first-quarter lead, Hardin-Central took a 46-27 cushion at the half and opened the second half with a 20-8 scoring advantage for a 66-35 bulge entering the final 8 minutes.