Prep Hoops: Golden Eagles lock down Ledford, 59-31
Still smarting from the first meeting between East Davidson and Ledford, Taylor Booze was not about to allow the Golden Eagles to lose again Friday.
Booze scored 20 points in East's decisive 59-31 rout of the Panthers. His individual performance was quite a contrast from the last outing, when he was held without a point in the second half.
Eagles coach Matt Jacobs had flattering things to say of his star post player, who was also stellar on the defensive end in holding Ledford forward Skylar McGee to nine points.
"I think we did a poor job in the second half last game of getting him the basketball," said Jacobs. "We've changed some things offensively to give him better looks. And he did great job on Skylar McGee."
When asked to compare the two contests, Booze recalled watching Ledford shooting guard Brandon Rothrock knocking down several clutch three-pointers down the stretch. He credited his teammates on the perimeter for working much harder to contest long-range shots.
"I think our defense was a whole lot better after the last game," Booze said. "We came out and really buckled down. I think we allowed 10 points in the entire second half."
Braxton Shetley added 13 points for East and helped stalk Rothrock around the three-point line. Jacobs said after the game "anyone not named Shetley" was forbidden from launching shots from outside and credited his senior wing for actively pursuing the ball on both ends.
"Defensively, we were really good," Jacobs said. "We limited them to one shot. I challenged them to limit (Ledford) to 10 points per quarter and they limited them to 10 points in the half. I couldn't be more pleased with the way we played."
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