By SCOTT TYLER
H-P Sports Editor
FAIRFIELD — For three quarters the Palestine Ladycats played even with Fairfield.
But it was one quarter — the first — that made the difference as Fairfield outscored Palestine 27-10 as the Lady Eagles won 62-47 Tuesday night at Eagle Gymnasium.
“Take away the first quarter and we played a good ball game,” Palestine head coach Andy Snider said. “I was pleased with the effort, and it was a big improvement from Friday night.”
Palestine (0-2) trailed 12-10 with 3:09 left in the first quarter after Vallarie Birdow made a 15-foot jumper from the baseline.
But it would be the last time the Ladycats would score in the quarter as Fairfield went on a 15-0 run to end the quarter.
Amber Price had three straight baskets with assists from Venecia McIlveen to give Fairfield a 24-10 lead. Price, who had 19 of her game-high 23 points in the first half, finished the first quarter with a three pointer.
Palestine struggled to hold on to the ball in the first quarter as the Ladycats committed 12 turnovers.
“Fairfield is a very good team and we had to adjust to their speed,” Snider said. “After the first quarter we settled down and started seeing things that were open.”
Palestine had a 9-0 run in the second quarter to get within 11 points. Jaz Cashmere started the run with a three pointers and Allison Reed had back-to-back baskets to make the score 32-21. Cashmere and Reed both led Palestine with 13 points.
Fairfield ended the first half with a 8-2 run to take a 38-23 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Palestine got the deficit to single digits when Cashmere turned a steal into a layup, but Fairfield responded with a 8-2 run and never looked back.
“We were able to get back into the game and then we got into a big hurry,” Snider said. “We need to be able to stay focused for the whole ball game.”
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