Pres Hoops: East girls fall, 56-44
Seemingly unstoppable through its first six games of the year, the East Davidson girls took their second straight step backward Tuesday.
North Davidson was able to keep the East bigs away from the basket and got a superb shooting night from Lauren Ramsey (20 points), as they used a huge third quarter to pull away for a 56-44 nonconference victory at Pete Jones Gymnasium. Jennifer Welborn pumped in 18 points and Bayley Plummer added 10 for the Lady Golden Eagles, who fell last Friday in a sluggish game at Ledford.
“I do not know if starting out 6-0 made them think they were invincible, but they did not play ball tonight,” said head coach Don Corry. “The defense was nonexistent just like it was against Ledford in the first quarter. It was not a team out there working together tonight and we have got to get that back.”
Welborn knocked out eight of her points in the first quarter but East trailed 18-16. She started the second period with a short jumper that appeared to have the Eagles on track. Plummer made the block on one end and Lori Morgan hit a 3-pointer going the other way. Plummer put in a layup next time down and the lead was quickly up to 23-18.
The Black Knights dug in to prevent a sixth blowout of the season for EDHS. Sydney Bryan provided some valuable minutes off the bench and was able to keep the East post players from controlling the interior. Her layup with five seconds to go left North a point back at the half.
The next eight minutes belonged to the Black Knights.
Ramsey scored the first six points of the second half to fuel an 11-0 run. East’s first points of the period came at the 3:22 mark when Welborn put up a tough shot in the lane. That only temporarily silenced North. They doused the Eagles with an 8-0 run this time, with Sydney Jones giving East a little glimmer of hope by knocking down a 3 before the buzzer. Still, the deficit was 13 with time running low.
The teams traded points throughout much of the final period as East could only manage to shave one point off by game’s end.
“They pushed us out a little bit and our big people came out and stayed out so we could not get the ball inside,” said Corry. “We have got to stay put and run it inside. North just took us out of our offense.”
With conference play looming shortly after the Christmas break, Corry is hoping to iron out some of the problems before the more important games begin.
“We are making too many mistakes and we need to correct them in a hurry,” he said.
North evened its record at 3-3.
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