Prep Hoops: Lady Eagles 2-0 in CCC after win over THS
Behind yet another triple-double from freshman Bayley Plummer, East Davidson got its second big conference win with an impressive 58-46 outcome over Thomasville Friday night.
Plummer outscored the Bulldogs 23-21 in the first half and finished with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks. THS made a run at East to start the second half cutting a halftime deficit to four, but the Eagles kept scoring and improved to 2-0 in the Central Carolina Conference. Thomasville dipped to 1-1 in the league.
“It was nice to steal one on the road against one of the top teams in our league,” said EDHS coach Don Corry. “We had a gameplan and we stuck with it, even when we threw it away a few times.”
A lot of the damage the talented frosh did was on simple cuts through the lane. The Lady Eagles were able to escape the Thomasville press by working the sideline. Once they had broken free down the wing, the entry pass would go in to Plummer as she cut right through the heart of the lane. That was something head coach Don Corry had worked on in practice, though with a different player.
“We thought we could hit Bayley going to the basket and we did,” said Corry. “Last night at practice we worked on that, although we did it a lot with Jordan Isom. We had a couple of other things we didn’t use tonight so we will save them.”
East (11-3) went up 12-6 after Madi Hallman’s 3-pointer but the Bulldogs closed it down to one with a 5-0 run. The Eagles kept a 3-point lead after the first period before making a big second quarter push.
Plummer scored the first 10 points for her side as the lead increased to 30-17. Thomasville got it under 10 with two nice runners in the lane by Jashana Thomas, but the play that worked so well throughout the night put East ahead 11 at the half. Jennifer Welborn caught the ball on the wing and fired a pass to Plummer on the cut for a layup.
“We knew they were going to do that but we just got caught looking,” said Thomasville coach Brandon Staton. “By the time we responded it was too late and she was already by us.”
The Bulldogs (8-3) came out to start the second half with more enthusiasm, scoring seven straight. Christina Coleman nailed a 3, Timber Tate leaned in for two then Coleman pitched in a pair at the free throw line. East’s lead was cut to four and it remained that way until the 1:27 mark of the third quarter when the Eagles made a winning run.
Hallman pulled up for a jumper and Welborn ended the third with a trey as East went on a 10-1 run that carried over into the fourth quarter. Welborn and Hallman did much of the scoring as the Eagles flew off into the night.
“We just got outplayed tonight,” said Staton. “We did not show up and play our game.”