LANSING — It didn't take long for T.F. South coach Steve Breshock to acknowledge his team's poor effort Thursday night against Eisenhower.
After just one minute of playing time, Breshock had to burn a timeout to try to light a fire under his team after a slow start.
The timeout, complete with one slam-dunked clipboard, didn't create the desired response Breshock was hoping for as Eisenhower's lead grew to as big as 11 points.
But from late in the second quarter until the final buzzer, T.F. South, led by strong second half scoring from Chelsea Oglesby, improved their interior defense and came back to defeat Eisenhower 62-47.
"Effort and enthusiasm," said Breschock when asked what turned the game around. "I don't care if you make a mistake, just make it full speed because we're not that talented. We have to play hard."
That effort was lacking in the first half defensively.
The first half belonged to Eisenhower's Imogene Dempsey as she netted 18 points for the Cardinals. But T.F. South countered by holding Dempsey to only two points in the second half.
The defensive strategy was all too simple. Just guard her.
"We finally covered her," Breschock said. "It was just a matter of being where you were supposed to be when you were supposed to be there."
With the game tied at 45 with 5:10 left, the Rebels outscored Eisenhower 11-2 in the next three minutes to take a 56-47 lead and clinch the comeback win.
The Rebels' defense was stifling after the break, holding the Cardinals to only three field goals in the second half.
Oglesby would score 18 of her team-high 20 points in the final three quarters, while India Pierson pitched in with six points and a game-high 15 rebounds.