Prep Hoops: Lady Eagles secure CCC championship
If there is a team left on East Davidson's schedule that could derail their regular season title hopes, North Rowan is the one.
But Friday night's anticipated matchup never lived up to the hype. With the exception of one hiccup, the Lady Golden Eagles had their way with the Cavaliers in a 65-44 rout. The win clinched the Central Carolina Conference championship for EDHS. Bayley Plummer did whatever she pleased against the guard-oriented Cavs, recording a game-high 26 points and snatching 19 rebounds. Jennifer Welborn chipped in with 16 points and Madi Hallman added 12.
East darted out to a 14-3 lead, pounding it inside to Plummer who had nine points in the opening run. North Rowan shaved eight points off over the next few minutes to trail 14-11 with 15 seconds gone in the second quarter. The lead would be reduced to one on Ashley Blaire's 3-pointer up top, but the Eagles turned on the jets and blasted away at the undersized Cavs. Plummer scored four straight. When North tried to take her out of the game with double and sometimes triple teams, that opened up the outside. Her teammates were ready to shoot. Madi Beeson and Hallman hit consecutive triples, then Welborn joined the action with four points. By the time the final 7:45 ticked off in the first half, East had built itself a 34-20 advantage.
“They tried to collapse on (our post players) a little bit, but then we were able to hit from the outside,” said East coach Don Corry. “If they moved outside, then we were able to stop them inside. We have got a really good, balanced team and we're deep. A lot of teams are not as deep as we are.”
A team that presses frequently, North Rowan tried to generate turnovers second half. Good ball handling by Lori Morgan and Hallman ruined those efforts. Once the press was beaten, East settled into the halfcourt set and continued to feed their bigs. Plummer scored six straight points in the third quarter and when Beeson buried her second 3-pointer of the evening, East had increased the lead to a very comfortable 20 points.
“We were able to handle their pressure,” said Corry. “They've hurt everybody all year with their pressure, but I thought we handled the pressure pretty well tonight. Kudos to Lori and Madi out front for taking care of the ball and really getting us started.”
East improved to 18-2 overall and 8-0 in league play. North Rowan had four different players score 11 points in dropping to 14-4 and 6-2.
Eagle boys have long night
In the nightcap, East Davidson found its evening over soon after it began in a 78-48 flogging.
The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 and trailed 5-3 with two minutes gone. They were hardly heard from again. The Cavaliers came away with steal after steal and were far more athletic in building a 29-8 lead after one quarter.
East held much closer second quarter but still faced a 41-18 halftime deficit.
Cody Bowers was a bright spot for the Eagles in the post. He scored 16 points on the night for the 3-18 club.