Tigerette defense stymies East Literature

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Danika Hopkins is the defensive stopper for the Tigerettes.

It was not the best shooting night or offensive performance for the Tigerettes Friday night versus East Literature, but it did not have to be as they totally shut down the Lady Eagles with a swarming pressure defense that caused 26 turnovers and held the Nashville school to single digits in all four quarters in a 52-19 victory.

"Defense is what we focus on, said Marshall County Head Coach David Steely after the game. "I have told them before and tell them all the time: fundamentals, defensive teamwork and rebounding will carry us as far as we will get."

Danika "The Glove" Hopkins is sometimes invisible to many people looking in from the outside, but to the Tigerettes, the glove fits as Hopkins is "the" defensive specialist and always guards the opposing team's best player.

Hopkins shut down East Literature's best player in the contest and said after the game, "I was guarding their best player and she did not show me anything tonight. I kept her in front of me and did not let her get anything. Coach Steely told us before the game, guard your girl and don't give up any easy shots, and that is what I did. I get a lot of satisfaction from playing defense. I have got to do this for my team."

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