Lady Eagles stay airborne on road
Columbia City used a scrappy defense on the road at Bishop Dwenger Tuesday night to win its fourth consecutive game. Junior Sarah Opliger puts pressure on Ally Christman in the back court. Opliger had four assists and a steal in the Lady Eagles 46-32 win. Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
FORT WAYNE — With a new head coach and system, Columbia City girls’ basketball has not skipped a beat in 2010.
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The Lady Eagles have spent most of November winning by an average margin of 14.4 points per game.
Tuesday, Columbia City ended a 5-1 record in November with another blowout win on the road at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 46-32.
In their wins, the Lady Eagles have allowed an average of 38 points per game to the opposing team. Against the Saints, Columbia City used a pressure defense yet again to allow only 32 points.
A poor shooting start had Dwenger missing its first three shots from the field including three turnovers in its first 10 trips down the court.
Columbia City capitalized early with four different Lady Eagles getting in the scoring column.
Post players for the Eagles led the way with Burlage scoring eight of her game-high 14 points in the first half.
Burlage pulled down seven rebounds to go along with her scoring mark.
Leading 12-7 after the first quarter, Columbia City’s defense set the tone to open the second period.
Senior Kayla Dunn picked up one of her six steals for the game hitting a breakaway lay-up in what stretched the Columbia City lead out to 25-13 by halftime.
Dunn scored seven points for her team with all of those coming in the second quarter.
Dwenger had its highest scoring period in the third with 11 points. Sophomore Ally Christman scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the period hitting two three-pointers.
However, Burlage added three baskets in the third period for Columbia City to go along with the only three-pointer of the game for the Lady Eagles by senior Maddie Hinen.
Leading 34-24 heading into the final quarter, Sarah Opliger and Corinna Raypole took over. Opliger scord four of her nine points for the game in the fourth also getting four assists and a steal.
After early foul trouble, Raypole finished strong with six of her 10 points in the final minutes.