Trojans Roll on the Road, Netzley Goes for 25 Points
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Jamie Netzley paced Taylor with 25 points, as the TU squad notched an 81-65 victory at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday. The Trojans never trailed in the second half, grabbing a lead of 18 points before winning by 16.
The Taylor offense belonged to Netzley for a seven minute stretch between the third and fourth quarters, as the senior provided 11-straight points for TU. The South Elgin, Illinois native finished with a career-high 25 points, while offering four assists and four rebounds.
Mount Vernon Nazarene (16-12, 6-10 CL) and Taylor (25-3, 13-3 CL) went back-and-forth through the opening period with four lead changes and two ties. Merideth Deckard capped off the first quarter with a pair of threes, pushing the TU lead to seven.
Deckard and Abby Buchs combined for nine points in the first two minutes of the second period for a 10-point Taylor edge. The host squad, MVNU, responded with a 13-0 rally to completely flip the script. Despite being held scoreless through a four minute span, the Trojans ended the half on a 10-2 run for a 38-33 halftime advantage.
Deckard was the main catalyst in the second frame with 10 points. The sophomore guard logged a career-best 23 points on the afternoon, going perfect from the field. Sinking seven-of-seven field goals, five-of-five three-pointers, and four-of-four free throws, Deckard was a crucial part of TU’s efficient day. The Purple and Gold knocked down 50.0 percent of their attempts from the floor and 44.4 percent of their shots from downtown.
The Cougars cut their deficit down to four points in the third quarter but Netzley single-handedly replenished TU’s lead to a healthy 11 points. The Trojans maintained a double-digit edge through the final six minutes of the contest, netting the win by an 81-65 margin.
The Buchs twins came out strong on Saturday, as each of them picked up a double-double. Abby Buchs collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Becca Buchs nabbed 10 in each column for the ninth time this year, offering 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Team chemistry on offense played a crucial role for TU, as the team dished out 14 assists compared to just four for MVNU.
Taylor will return to action at RV Huntington (20-8, 9-7 CL) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.