The Hot Read: Shepard put the pressure on early in a 41-32 girls basketball victory over Eisenhower on Monday night in the first round of regional play. The victory was the seventh straight for the Astros, who jumped to an 18-6 first-quarter lead. Eisenhower started to fight back in the second half, narrowing Shepard's lead to 33-24 at the end of the third quarter. But the Astros didn't back down, as they held the Cardinals to eight points in the fourth quarter to come out with the win.
Patch's MVP: Jamila McClinton (15 points, 7 rebounds). McClinton came up with a big block under the basket in the third quarter that helped Shepard maintain its lead.
Key Stats: Eisenhower was 8--for-15 from the free throw line. Shepard went only 3-for-10 from the line, but the Astros made up for some inconsistent shooting with strong rebounding. Shepard won the battle on the boards 29-20.
Shepard Leaders: Raynisha Dent (7 points, 5 rebounds). Amanda Weiss (7 points, 4 rebounds). Jessica Chaput (4 points, 6 rebounds).
Eisenhower Leader: Shavonne Lewis (13 points, 4 rebounds).
Quotable: Shepard coach Rick Mundo on how his team maintained control of the game: "We just kept telling the girls to be poised and mature and to take care of the basketball and most importantly to box out. They executed down the stretch and we won our seventh game in a row and we won a state tournament game."
Team Records: Shepard is 12-14--and 1-0 in the postseason.
What's Next: Shepard will take on Marist in a semifinal game on Wednesday at the Shepard Regional.