SELLERSBURG — Megan Galle seemed to have a little extra energy on the floor Thursday night, and she knew the reason.
Galle finished with 20 points, with four 3-pointers, and four rebounds and was a big factor on defense in leading Columbus East to a 67-35 win at Silver Creek.
“Honestly, those two extra hours of sleep with the two-hour delay this morning sure did help,” Galle joked.
With all the kidding aside, Galle then added, “We all came out with a lot of energy, and we worked the offense really well. We all were hitting it out there tonight. Once we hit out shots, we just kept getting more and more confident, and it helped us out on the defensive end, too.”
Galle put up nine points, including two 3-pointers, in the first quarter to help the Olympians build a 20-8 lead. East cruised from that point forward to hammer Silver Creek and move to 11-11.
On defense, Galle forced the Dragons into a couple of turnovers, and she also chipped in a couple of steals.
“She was really active in all phases for us on the floor tonight,” East coach Danny Brown said. “Whenever they would start to make a couple of runs, Megan was right there to make buckets for us when we needed them most.”
With the score 35-20, the only tense moment in the game for the Olympians came to start the second half as the Dragons (8-14) jumped out to score seven quick points to cut into the Olympians’ lead to 38-27. But Galle and Abigail Wilson were right there to pick the pieces back up as they would score 14 of the Olympians’ 16 third-quarter points to build the lead back to 51-30 after three quarters.
Wilson went on to finish with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
“Abigail has always been able to hit those shots, too,” Brown said. “When she hits it, it is mostly just out of the offense which is important because some teams defensively will sag off on her when she is out and playing the center position at times.”
Leading 54-35 in the fourth quarter, the Olympians controlled much of the game the rest of the way, and other Olympians got involved in the offense to finish the game on a 13-0 run.
Brown is hoping these recent wins help keep their momentum going heading into their season finale Saturday against Southport and next week into the sectional.
“These last two games, we played with much more consistency and both being on the road on school nights with long bus rides,” Brown said. “This is the best back-to-back games we have played all year, which is very encouraging. We have only a day and a half before traveling to Southport, so we hope to keep the consistency going.”