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Tigers buckle down in second half to blitz Jets

TIPP CITY — An attitude adjustment was just what West Liberty-Salem’s girls basketball team needed here Wednesday against Northeastern.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Sydney Eggleston goes up for a basket against a Northeastern defender during the second quarter of their Division III sectional game Wednesday in Tipp City. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Tigers gave a sloppy first-half effort, but completely shut down the Jets in the second half for a 47-21 victory in Division III sectional tournament action.

WL-Salem led 18-15 at halftime and then pulled away with a 29-6 run over the final two quarters.

“Our conversation at halftime was about defense,” said WL-Salem head coach Dennis McIntosh. “We can take care of our shots and turnovers, but there is no excuse for how we play on defense. We can’t be giving up easy shots. They came out with a different attitude in the second half.”

The Tigers (12-10) now face top-seeded Miami East on Monday in a sectional semifinal game. The Vikings are ranked fifth in the Division III state poll.

“We’re playing one of the best teams in the state,” said McIntosh. “It will be a good opportunity for the girls. We’ll study film, go out there and find out what we can do against them.”

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