Prep Hoops: East girls pick up CCC win over Thomasville
Neither coach was particularly pleased with how their team played Friday night in a Central Carolina Conference meeting between East Davidson and Thomasville. But with a 45-33 win secured, Lady Golden Eagle coach Don Corry can live with it.
Sloppy play plagued both teams with turnovers coming in bunches. East had less of them in the first half and that was the difference, as THS fell behind by 16 at the break. Both are considered to be contenders in the league, but neither looked like a championship team on this night.
“No we didn't,” said Corry. “I think both teams played tight and did not take care of the ball.”
East rattled off the first seven points of the game before Christina Coleman broke the ice for the Lady 'Dogs netting a free throw. It was the only point scored in the opening period for the visitors in red, but struggles by East prevented them from expanding the advantage.
“We hold them to one point and then look at all the opportunities we missed,” said Corry. “At times we just were not thinking. Instead of passing before the pressure got to us, we let the pressure get there and then tried to pass it. We will look at the film and learn from it.”
Lucky to only be down six, Thomasville again had problems scoring the ball second quarter. Bayley Plummer started a 9-0 run for the Eagles with a putback as the lead ballooned to 16-1. It reached 22-6 at halftime.
“We started out flat,” said THS coach Brandon Staton. “We had no enthusiasm and we needed to pick up the tempo. That was the worst performance we've had all season.”
Thomasville showed more life third quarter, trimming the deficit down to 10 on a trio of 3-pointers by Jashana Thomas. When in doubt the Eagles turn to Plummer in the post to get it going. She came through, scoring the next six points. Madi Beeson added a baseline layup, capping a stretch of eight unanswered points to push the lead out to 35-17.
Thomasville was not about to pack up and head across town for home. A 12-3 run to start the fourth period had them within striking distance with just under three minutes left. They could not sustain the momentum, making no additional forward progress as East was solid at the line to close out the victory.
“At halftime we made some adjustments and tried to get ourselves back in it,” Staton said. “We did a better job second half but we just got too far behind.”
East, now 2-0 in the CCC, got 14 points and 13 rebounds from Plummer. Madi Hallman added 12 points and Taylor Bell 13 rebounds. Thomas paced the 1-1 Bulldogs with 16 points.
THS boys dominate Eagles
Gil Maxwell has preached to his team in the nonconference portion of the season to play as a team and run the offense. Against East Davidson Friday night, they took the sermon to heart.
Thomasville played a complete game and never let off the throttle in a 71-30 blowout, keeping them perfect at 2-0 in the conference. Cedric Green led the charge with 14 points, followed by 13 by B.J. McElveen and 11 from Demoris Payne.
“I like the patience that we had, moving around and breaking down the zone,” Maxwell said. “What was really nice tonight was that we were able to knock down some open shots. We had spent some time on shooting and it looked like it paid off tonight.”
First quarter it was Thomasville versus Cody Bowers. The East forward scored all eight points for his team, but it was well off the pace. THS splashed in four 3-pointers to go up 18-8.
Austin Miller got it to single digits for the final time with a banked in shot at the 6:45 mark of the second quarter. Green knocked down a jumper at the elbow and McElveen hurried the ball up the floor to find Malik Johnson in the corner for a trey, sending Thomasville ahead by 14 and forcing the Eagles to burn a timeout.
A brief burst from East gave them life, but McElveen nailed Thomasville's eighth 3 of the half to send his team into the break up 34-20.
Payne hit another 3-pointer 10 seconds into the second half as the Bulldogs really turned up the heat, leading 51-28 at quarter's end.
“We have made strides since the Christmas tournament and our goal is to keep taking it a step forward and take no step backwards,” said Maxwell.
Thomasville travels to Salisbury next Friday and East will make the trip to North Rowan.
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