Third-ranked Dime Pieces sends Guidettes packing in intramural hoops

BY ETHAN SEBERT | MARCH 08, 2010 7:30 AM

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The Dime Pieces topped the Guidettes, 52-38, Sunday night in intramural competition in the Field House.

The final game of pool play for both teams was a rematch of the first game of the season, a game the Dime Pieces won, 41-16, on Jan. 31.

“We should beat them, but it might be a little tougher this time,” Dani Olerich of the Dime Pieces said before the game.

Olerich was right — the Guidettes scored more points in the first half (24) than they did their entire first game against the Dime Pieces, who are ranked third in the women’s division.

The victory kept the Dime Pieces undefeated at 4-0 and dropped the Guidettes to 0-4, likely ending the team’s season.

The game began as a four-on-four contest until the Dime Pieces’ fifth player, Megan Hullermann, showed up with 6:32 left to play in the first half. Unfortunately for the Guidettes, their fifth player never showed up, forcing them to play four-on-five the rest of the game. Four against five were familiar odds for the Guidettes considering this was their second game without a full squad.

The team believed not having a full roster and just living the “Jersey Shore” lifestyle caused their dismal season.

“We could have been a lot better if we would have had four players every game,” the Guidettes’ leading scorer, Megan McLaughlin, said.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair until the end, when McLaughlin sank two free throws with five seconds left to tie the game at 24-24.

However, the missing player proved to be too much for the Guidettes, and the Dime Pieces were the only ones fist-pumping in the second half.

“We put up a good fight, but we just got really tired,” Amanda Macchione, the Guidette’s leading rebounder, said.

The Dime Pieces players kept their opponents’ fatigue in mind as they regrouped for the second half and developed a new, slower offense to take advantage of the Guidettes’ missing player.

“We decided to slow things down a bit and take smarter shots,” the Dime Pieces’ Lauren Friedman said. “We wanted to pass the ball around a lot and just find the smart shots.”

Friedman, like the rest of her team, also picked up her play defensively in the second half, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds in the low post. The Dime Pieces allowed just 14 points in the second half.

They also heated up on offense, especially their late arrival, Hullermann. She scored just two points in the first half, but tripled her offensive output in the second half.

“I just took my time more and took better shots,” she said.

The Dime Pieces players hope to continue the hot shooting they showed in the second half during this year’s playoffs, which begin after spring break.

“We haven’t all been on our A-game at the same time this year,” Friedman said. “If we all play our best together in the playoffs, I think we will do really well.”

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