By Rob Kiser
CASSTOWN — Miami East girls basketball coach Bruce Vanover was leaving nothing to chance when a dangerous Franklin Monroe team visited Thursday night for a key Cross County Conference matchup.
The Lady Jets, despite starting four sophomores and junior, came into the game 7-1 overall and 3- in the CCC — and fresh off knocking off Covington Monday night.
“Abbey (Moore) has done a great job with those girls,” Vanover said about the FM coach. “They beat us over there last year. I saw them Monday night against Covington.”
But, East was ready for everything Thursday, opening a 26-18 halftime lead and pulling away for a 48-32 win to improve to 7-3 overall and 5-0 in the CCC heading into a trip to Troy Saturday.
“We wanted to be able to handle their box press that they like to start the game with,” Vanover said. “What we were looking for is to create baskets in transition off of that. And I felt like we were able to do that.”
And Miami East had a big weapon in Morgan Haney, who finished with a game-high 22 points — which is just part of what makes her so important for the Lady Vikings.
“She does that (makes big shots when you need them),” Vanover said. “She makes big passes when you need them. She just makes everyone play basketball out there. We had a lot of different people out there, because of foul trouble. Some Morgan (Haney) may not play with that much in practice. But, whoever we have out there, she makes them fit.”
Kaitlyn Mack had a big first half, scoring all nine of her points as East stretched an 11-9 first quarter advantage to 26-18 at the break.
“It is funny,” Vanover said. “She was just in the gym the other night, shooting 100 shots. It is great to see that work pay off. I love watching Kaitlyn (Mack) play defense. She is always hustling.”
East stretched the advantage to 33-22 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Once again, Camryn Miller hit some timely threes and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
“We move Camryn (Miller) to post last year,” Vanover said. “She is not a true post player. But, in our offense, when she is out top, she is a guard. Because we are running one in, four out. I know Bailey (Miller) hit one three, then when Mo (Morgan Haney) and Kamryn (Miller) hit those threes (in the fourth quarter0, I think that kind of put us over the top and finished things off.”
Audrey Cable led Miami East with nine points, while Corina Conley had eight points and eight rebounds and Kennedy Morris grabbed seven rebounds.
Miami East was 18 of 45 from the floor for 40 percent and five of nine from the line for 56 percent.
Franklin Monroe was 13 of 45 from the floor for 29 percent and four of 13 from the line for 31 percent.
East won the battle of the boards 31-29 and both teams had 10 turnovers.
Now, comes a big matchup with Troy.
And as always, Vanover and East will be ready.
Franklin Monroe (32)
Chloe Brumbaugh 1-0-3, Belle Cable 2-0-5, Corina Conley 3-2-8, Kennedy Morris 2-0-4, Audrey Cable 4-1-9, Tara Goubeaux 0-0-0, Chloe Peters 1-0-2, Stella Shellabarger 0-1-1. Totals: 13-4-32.
Miami East (48)
Bailey Miller 1-0-3, Morgan Haney 8-3-22, Camryn Miller 3-0-8, Kaitlyn Mack 4-0-9, Haley Howard 2-0-4, Maria Staton 0-1-1, Mikayla Schaffner 0-0-0, Anna Jacomet 0-0-0, Whitley Gross 0-0-0, Emily Adkins 0-1-1, Rory Hunley 0-0-0, Cadence Gross 0-0-0. Totals: 18-5-48.
3-point field goals — Franklin Monroe: Brumbaugh, B. Cable. Miami East: B. Miller, Haney (3), C. Miller (2), Mack.
Score By Quarters
Franklin Monroe 9 18 22 32
Miami East 11 26 33 48
Records: Franklin Monroe 7-2 (3-2), Miami East 7-3 (5-0).