Volume 91, Issue 73
Friday, February 6, 1998
Haylor plucks Gryphon's wings
STARE WARS. Western's Angela Nobes  was pumped up for another Mustang blowout, this time a 74-59 whipping of Guelph on Wednesday.
By Alan Russette
The Guelph Gryphons marched into Alumni Hall Wednesday night intent on upsetting the OUA West leading Mustangs and tarnishing Western's undefeated regular-season record. And to their credit, the Gryphons managed to shut down most of the 'Stangs offensive weapons. All except one co-captain Jenn Haylor. While the rest of the offence sputtered at times, Haylor was on fire, leading the 'Stangs to a 74-59 victory.
Haylor came out shooting from the opening tip-off, dominating the Gryphons for 21 points in the first half (10 of 12 shooting from the field) and coming up just six points shy of matching the offensive output of the entire Guelph team. Thanks to Haylor's outstanding shooting, the Mustangs took a comfortable 40-27 lead into the break. "My teammates were looking for me. I made a couple of shots and then Angela [Nobes] ran a couple of plays for me," said Haylor. "There were some good passes, some good screens. I was just feeling it for a bit there."
Western kept the pressure on in the second half, managing to maintain a comfortable lead despite Guelph matching the Mustangs basket for basket. Second-year guard Pat Marcello provided some offensive spark for the Gryphons, scoring a team-high 14 points, but also turned the ball over 15 times under Western's pressure defence.
Guelph head coach Angela Orton believed that although her squad played well in the second half, it was the inability of Guelph to contain Haylor that made the difference in the game.
"I think Jenn Haylor shot the ball phenomenally. In the first half we didn't get any pressure on her shot at all," Orton said. "We didn't do a good job of forcing her to think about her shot and making her have a quicker release. But to Haylor's credit, it's tough to score that percentage from being wide open."
Haylor finished the game leading all scorers with 29 points, shooting a startling 82 per cent from the field following up an 18-point effort against Laurier last Saturday in Waterloo. A fourth-year guard for the Mustangs, this high and consistent output will be needed if the team hopes to compete for the Ontario title in March.
Mustang head coach Bob Delaney was pleased with some aspects of his team's play, but recognized there is still room for improvement at the offensive end. "Defensively we're playing so well it doesn't matter whether we're playing man or zone combination defences. It's good to inter-mix the players and still get that defensive stop every time we need it," said Delaney. "But offensively we're struggling a little bit. I think the major thing is we're not waiting for our screens, we're not patient enough on offence."
Western will attempt to work out the kinks near the basket as they continue their regular-season campaign against the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines tomorrow at noon.
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