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February 24, 2013

Neeley knifes Knights with iconic performance

Senior lifts Eastern to semistate title with 48-point explosion.

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Warsaw —

Brittany and sister Bethany both inked their letters of intent this week to run track and cross country at Indiana University.

Bethany, the more accomplished runner of the two, was elated to see her twin sister grab the spotlight Saturday when, in most cases, the spotlight is squarely on her.

“I’m really glad she’s the star in this sport,” Bethany said. “That’s how it’s deserved to be. She’s worked so hard on her shot over the years. This game has been waiting on her to come. She’s played amazing basketball in the tournament. She’s carrying our team right now.”

The magnitude of Brittany’s performance didn’t even register in the minds of the starters until they exited to a raucous ovation leading by 20 with under a minute to play.

“As soon as I got taken out of the game, I said to Taylor [Holliday] ‘Brittany is taking us to Terre Haute,’” Bethany said. “I’m just so proud of her. She’s worked so hard in the gym. She lit it up [Saturday].”

Brittany Neeley torched Luers for 36 points in the second half, scoring 19 in the fourth, leading a Comets offense that  thrashed the Knights’ transition defense with bucket after bucket in the second half.

“We tried everything,” Luers coach Denny Renier said. “We tried a box-and-one. We tried to deny her the ball. We just did a poor job of moving our feet when she was driving and taking charges, getting in position to stop her. She is so good at slithering through the smallest crack. She did a great job, we didn’t do a very good job – the combination of it was a fantastic game by her. I went over to her after the game and congratulated her. I said ‘Man, what a performance you put on.’

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