Lady ‘Cats thrash Lady Cougars, 56-23Published 5:55pm Saturday, February 1, 2014
Cookie Kelley scored 15 points to lead the Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats to a convincing 56-23 win over Central High School-Coosa County.
The Wildcats (15-6, 4-2 in area) were in control from the start, racing out to a 17-6 lead to end the first.
BRHS continued to maintain the advantage thanks to sound defense and the ability to capitalize on turnovers.
“Our defense is what made our offense go this time,” BRHS girls basketball coach Alexis Hines said. “Our kids hadn’t touched the ball since Monday. I was a little afraid of that, but the time off gave us a chance to rest and heal up our little bumps and bruises.”
In spite of the commanding victory, Hines said she saw some areas the team needed to shore up, notably on positioning in defensive sets.
“We have to do a better job of getting some continuity and getting our offense rolling,” Hines said. “We did a decent job of just taking the ball from them and putting it in the hoop, but we have to do a better job in our half-court defense. We have to be able to play a full-court and a half-court game, and we’re doing a decent job in our full court game. But sometimes when we got back in our man to man defense, we looked like we didn’t know what we were doing. At this time of year you should know what you’re doing and where to go. We’re going to use the next few days to improve on that.”
The Wildcats will close the regular-season with a home game against Chilton County on Monday. Following that, BRHS will head to Valley for the Class 5A, Area 5 tournament. As the No. 2 seed, the Lady ‘Cats will play Booker T. Washington, a team whose number BRHS has had all season.
“I think we’ll be fine so long as we work on our man-to-man defense,” Hines said. “We’ve got Chilton County coming up, and after that we have Booker T. Washington. We’ve beaten them twice this season, but it doesn’t matter. We have to beat them when it counts.”
Jernika Russell scored 10 points for BRHS, and Chloe Owens had nine. Shania Tuck led the Lady Cougars with 14.