Neuhauser comes up big with 24 pts, 11 rebounds
by Keith Stewart
Don’t tell Sheri McCain that her team is 8-1, let alone undefeated in their conference.
It’s not that the Sullivan girls’ head coach isn’t aware of that fact. She’d just rather you not jinx things.
“It’s a good feeling for them, because when I first took over, I don’t think people thought Sullivan would be at the top of the conference or undefeated at this stage,” said McCain. “I’m happy for how hard they’ve worked these last couple years. They deserve this, this moment. But I told them, you can’t take anything for granted, and I think that’s what happened the first quarter.”
Thursday night, McCain and company travelled to Monticello, where they stood the chance of being knocked off of their 4-0 undefeated conference streak. And despite a scare from the first quarter, the Lady Red turned things around defensively and traveled the hour back with a 57-38 victory in tow.
“It was an aggressive game, but it was a good win on the road. We were tired. We had a new defense, and tonight we played in spurts. They were exhausted.”
Sullivan trailed quickly in the first despite Alyssa Marshall’s two-pointer to start the game. Monticello junior Layne Buzan responded by scoring the bucket and one, putting her team up 3-2. The Sages got out to as large as a seven-point lead before the Lady Red fought back. A Maggie Plank bucket cut the lead to five and was followed by Emily Neuhauser’s additional two after grabbing the offensive board.
The quick and nimble Neuhauser was Sullivan’s go-to girl Thursday, leading the night with a double-double in 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow friend and teammate Brittin Boyer also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Login or Subscribe to read the rest of this story.