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February 28, 2013

Holliday, Oyler, Rubow, Sprinkles fill key roles for state-bound Eastern

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“I wouldn’t say one or two girls make or break this team because we’re all needed,” Holliday said. “It just depends on what team we’re playing and who’s guarding who [as it pertains to] who’s going to lead us in scoring. But it doesn’t matter to any of us.”

Her improved defense was most evident in Saturday’s semistate victory over Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, where she held the Knights’ leading scorer, Tashayla Sutorius, to eight points after their first possession of the game.

“Taylor Holliday has done an excellent job of defending in the post,” Dexter said. “Most days we do a post drill where she has to hold a shirt around her neck and is forced to be more active with her feet and lower body to root people out and be more active in there. She’s done a tremendous job of making the right decisions at the right times defensively.”

For Sprinkles, it’s been a whirlwind six months.

A freshman, she was a member of the cross country team that made a strong run to the state finals, finishing in seventh place, ahead of the likes of much-larger schools Fishers, Avon, Westfield and Terre Haute North.

A gifted athlete, Sprinkles has performed the role of the sixth man admirably, which has been vital for team that’s not particularly deep personnel-wise.

“I do whatever they need me to do for them — screen and fill in where I’m needed,” Sprinkles said. “With the twins as teammates for cross country and basketball, I feel so lucky to be here. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. This week is so exciting. I’m on cloud nine. I can’t even describe it.”

Oyler is known as the team’s 3-point specialist — she’s hit a team-high 52 treys this season.

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