Lady Generals, Lady Bears advancePublished 9:39pm Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals clinched a spot in next week’s Central Regional in Montgomery for the second straight year by destroying Goshen 63-20 in Thursday’s sub-regional contest at New Site.
The No. 10 Lady Generals closed the first quarter on an 11-0 run, then outscored the Lady Eagles 15-4 in the second quarter to cruise to the win in front of a large, rowdy crowd at HBHS.
HBHS (28-3) will take on Francis Marion at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Alabama State University.
“We came out and played hard,” Lady General coach Mike Boyd said. “Two years ago, they beat us by a couple of points, so we really wanted the win.
“The fans were great. That was probably the biggest crowd we’ve had since about 2001 and they played a big part.”
Goshen’s Tiffany Jones hit a 3-pointer with 4:12 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 8-8. After that it was all HBHS.
Katie Martin and Rachel Smothers converted on back-to-back three-point plays, Carlie Vickers drained a trey from the corner and Ranley Clayton scored to make it 19-8 after one quarter.
Kaylee Jones got in on the act with a bucket to open the second, before Jones’ lay-up ended the HBHS scoring spree. But, the Lady Generals answered with eight straight points, capped by a Martin jumper with 2:35 to go that made the score 29-10.
Nyoka Slater made Goshen’s second basket of the quarter after that, but Martin put together another three-point play and Jessica Harden connected on a floater at the buzzer to put HBHS on top 34-12 at halftime.
“We knew we had to stop (Slater) and (Jones) to contain them, and we were able to do that,” Boyd said. “Brittney Keel did a good job of penetrating and finding people, Carlie hit a big three for us and we just got some momentum.”
The Lady Generals scored the opening nine points of the third quarter, including getting the last five from Smothers. It was 47-16 entering the fourth.
Goshen scored to open the final quarter, but HBHS responded with 12 points in a row to make it 59-18.
Keel scored 12, Clayton had 11 and Martin added 10 to lead the Lady Generals.
Lady Bears advance with win over Sunshine
By Dale Liesch
A strong third quarter helped lead the Edward Bell Lady Bears to a 46-42 victory over Sunshine High School.
The Lady Bears went into the locker room at halftime trailing 22-18 to the Lady Tigers, but Edward Bell took the lead with the help of an 11-0 run after the break.
Lady Bear head coach Nancy Shealey said it was an overall improvement on defense that held the Lady Tigers scoreless for the first three minutes of the second half.
“We really didn’t make a big adjustment,” Shealey said. “We just started covering people better.”
Edward Bell had leads of five and seven points during the third quarter and led by as many as six in the final period before Sunshine started to make it close again.
The Lady Tigers picked away at the six-point lead, bringing it down to within two with 16 seconds left in the game.
Shealey said the team is going to have to adjust and have stronger starts if it wants to continue on in the postseason.
“Lately it has been wait until the fourth quarter to put the game away,” Shealey said. “We’ve been getting off to slow starts the entire post-season.”
Edward Bell’s top scorers included Kierra Billingsley with 15 points and Desharte Edwards with 14 points. Natalie Copeland contributed with eight points, Janeisha Moss chipped in with four points, Ca’Neshia Smith had three points and Jernekia Floyd had two points.
Edward Bell will face Holy Spirit in the Central Regional Thursday at 9 a.m.