Prep Hoops: Lady Eagles beat Ledford, 44-35
Madi Hallman led East Davidson with 14 points Friday to guide the Golden Eagles past Ledford in a 44-35 non-conference tilt between county rivals.
The Panthers were thwarted in their efforts to attack the basket and gain any offensive rhythm. Bayley Plummer, the Eagles' 6-1 freshman center, altered and blocked several Panther shots and became the overall disruption Eagles' coach Don Corry envisioned at the beginning of this season.
"It's a big win for us," said Corry. "We had talked about how they were going to drive and drive and she would have to stay home to keep that from happening. They didn't shoot very well tonight and we had a hand in their face most of the night. The girls played hard."
Courtney Callicutt paced Ledford with 11 points, but was struggled to create open looks for her teammates. The Panthers' perimeter players combined for fewer than 20 points and Emmalee Thomas had an uncharacteristically poor shooting performance.
After being shut out in the first half, she finished with five points.
"We didn't shoot the ball well," said Ledford coach John Ralls. "We weren't patient on the offensive end. We were always on defense. They did a good job handling the ball, taking it at us and we fouled them."
Point guard Lori Morgan chipped in 13 points for East, helping her team overcome 18 takeaways by Ledford's pressure defense.
"Their guards made some shots, their big girl did enough and foul trouble hurts a lot," Ralls said. "Defensively, we weren't terrible, but we just got nothing going on offense tonight."
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