LANSING | T.F. South girls basketball improved to 3-2 in South Suburban Blue Conference play with a 46-28 win against Shepard on Monday. Freshman India Pierson led the Rebels with 14 points and five rebounds.
T.F. South's Ninah Bertrand scored six and recorded four assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Kaitlin Togtman scored nine points for T.F. South and had two steals.
"I think we're starting to understand how to play with each other and make better decisions," Bertrand said, "decisions that benefit. And we're making takeaways."
The Rebels were able to move the ball at the offensive end, and their defensive pressure held the Astros to only 11 field goals on the night.
"We learned a new offense and I think we're really getting to know the basics of it," Togtman said. "We're getting a handle on how to move around, and we're not just focusing on one person or one thing. We're moving the ball really well."
T.F. South (3-7, 3-2) took a 22-16 lead into the half and opened up a 12 point lead after three quarters. The Rebels were 13-17 from the free throw line. T.F. South did a better job of limiting Shepard's second chance opportunities, and Kameron Dickens led the Rebels with nine rebounds.
"We're still learning," Rebel coach Steve Breshock said. "We've been playing above average defense all year and we just haven't been able to score. Our rebounding wasn't very good in the first half, but it was much better in the second half."
The Rebels are making defense a priority this season, and Bertrand said the team is playing up to its defensive potentials.
"We've just been trying to make defense a priority," Bertrand said. "Everybody is doing their best to handle their business."