By Sara Welch | Correspondent
The Southeast Pirates wrapped up their best shooting performance of the season thus far with an 82-30 win over the Mogadore Wildcats in a Portage Trail Conference County Division victory on Saturday.
Southeast (5-1, 4-0 PTC County) jumped out to an early lead against Mogadore (0-6, 0-4 PTC County) as a result of their lights out shooting.
"It was our best shooting night of the year. We don't shoot like that every night, but we do shoot a lot of 3s and try to extend the defense every night," Southeast head coach Bob Dunn said. "It was certainly our best shooting by a large margin."
Brittany Butcher put up 12 points in the first quarter alone, while teammate Shayna White added 14 points and six rebounds.
The Pirates' early aggression and effort gave the team the momentum they needed to dominate for the next three quarters.
Butcher ended the game as the high-scorer with 27 points. White cleared a double-double with 22 points and 22 rebounds.
"Brittany Butcher and Shayna White really got us going early," Dunn said. "It'd made things a lot easier for everybody else, because (Mogadore) had to focus their attention there and it created opportunities for other people and other people stepped up.
"It was really a team effort. We had a lot of people involved and a lot of people contributed tonight," Dunn said. "That was certainly our best effort and our best game of the year. We just hope to build on that from here on out."
Although Butcher and White were the only Pirates to reach double-digit scoring, nine other Pirates were able to make a contribution to the impressive 82 points they compiled by the end of the game.
Southeast's assertiveness didn't end with their ability to score, though. As a team, the Pirates out-rebounded the Wildcats 59-29, pulling down 26 boards in the first half and 33 in the second half.
"Our effort was great, our ball reversal was outstanding and our rebounding was outstanding. Those are things we've been working on, so I'm really happy with our performance," Dunn said.
Southeast played consistently throughout the game, outscoring Mogadore by 15 points in the first quarter, 12 points in the second quarter, three points in the third quarter and they ended the game with 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
"We're happy with where we're at, but it's a long road ahead and there are a lot of good teams," Dunn said. "We just feel like every night is going to be a battle and every night is going to be a difficult challenge for us. We're just going to take it one game at a time and try to win the next game. That's our only focus right now."