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Lady Eagles Handle New Haven, 55-40

Taylor Lucas scored 13 points to help lead Sullivan to a 55-40 win over New Haven Monday, Feb. 4 (Photo by Extra Innings Photography)

Sullivan won their fourth straight game and remained undefeated in Four Rivers Conference play with a 55-40 victory at New Haven Monday.

The Lady Eagles (18-2, 4-0) surged ahead in the third quarter in knocking off the Class 2 runner-up from a year ago. Sullivan opened up a 15-point lead midway through the period on a 9-0 run.

Aley and Taylor Lucas both scored 13 points to lead a balanced night from the Lady Eagles.

Sierra Pryor added 10 points, while Jessica Heinle chipped in nine and Megan Brandt dropped in six.

New Haven junior Rachel Steinhoff led all scorers with 20 points. The Lady Shamrocks were unable to provide her with much help.

Emily Kallmeyer scored six points and Kierstin Monzyk five.

The win left Sullivan as the only unbeaten team in the conference with matchups against Pacific, St. James and Union awaiting.

Sullivan led the entire way. They held a 13-8 lead after one quarter, then 22-17 at the half.

New Haven stayed close in the second period, drawing within three late on two free throws by Kallmeyer.

But Sullivan had an answer. Pryor hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead back to six, then she was fouled on another 3-point attempt.

She was only able to convert one, but it was enough to give Sullivan a 22-15 lead with 26 seconds left in the half.

Steinhoff was fouled with 15 seconds left in the half. Her two free throws cut into Sullivan’s lead.

Sullivan scored on their first two possessions of the second half and opened up a 27-19 lead. Monzyk chipped it down to six on a layup, but two straight baskets by Taylor Lucas and a three-point play by Pryor stretched Sullivan’s lead to 34-21.

Sullivan would go up by 15 just two possessions later using their size and hustle.

Aley Lucas missed a 3-pointer, but grabbed her own rebound to keep the possession alive. Brandt would misfire on a long jumper, only to watch Aley Lucas sneak through the defense and lay it in.

Sullivan took a 37-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

New Haven would get as close as nine early in the period.

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