Prep Hoops: East girls tough out off night
With the regular season Central Carolina Conference championship in hand on Friday, East Davidson girls coach Don Corry decided to give his team Saturday off. The move nearly backfired on Monday at Lexington.
Having no days to prepare with the game being moved up from Tuesday due to the threat of winter weather, the Lady Golden Eagles were not sharp and lacked energy at times. The Yellow Jackets nearly swooped in to take full advantage. Despite the lackluster effort, East was still good enough to hang on for a 50-47 victory, keeping them perfect in the CCC at 9-0.
“They were excited Friday night,” said East coach Don Corry. “Like a fool, I said 'OK, you can have Saturday off.' I should have kept them in the gym Saturday, knowing we might have to play today.”
East never trailed after breaking an 11-11 first quarter tie with Madi Hallman's jumper, but they were challenged late and nearly were upset.
With 2:58 to go, the Jackets made it a one possession game with Callie Herman draining a 3-pointer that had the home crowd believing an upset was on the horizon. After Bayley Plummer's made free throw, LHS sent Emerson Hayes to the line for a chance to tie. Both of her attempts missed and East went the other way. Lori Morgan was fouled and made both of her free throws to regain a lead of four.
Alexis Fowler and Karrigan Ellison combined to go 2-of-4 at the line two seconds apart, leaving Lexington two back with 32.4 seconds left.
Morgan was again sent to the line and swished both attempts. Needing to attack quickly, Ellison drove into the lane. One of the best in the state in taking charges, Taylor Bell was in position and got Ellison to commit the foul.
Nine seconds later, Ellison redeemed herself by stealing the ball and getting a layup. Hallman kept Lexington in it by missing the first of her double-bonus free throws. Her second shot was true, leaving the Jackets six seconds to sprint the floor and get off a 3. Though Herman was open on the wing, Fowler decided to take a contested trey on the opposite side. It found all air, allowing East to escape the nest with a win.
“I think tonight we did not show the poise and patience that we showed against North Rowan,” Corry said. “We were rushing a little bit and impatient at times. We have got to learn from our mistakes and I hope we will.”
Morgan wound up with 15 points for 19-2 East. Plummer had 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Jackets (13-7, 5-4) got 15 points from Fowler and 12 more by Ellison.
Another tough night for East boys
Friday's blowout to North Rowan was only an appetizer to what awaited the East boys Monday at Lexington.
Separated by 18 points after one quarter, it continued to get worse as the Yellow Jackets enjoyed Senior Night by clobbering the Eagles 86-30.
Five different Jackets scored in double figures led by Raekwon Byrd's 16 points. Cody Bowers was once again the highlight for East scoring 14 points.