Lady Hilltoppers handle Chase
The Lady Hilltoppers controlled the boards on both ends of the court Friday night defeating the visiting Chase Trojans, 53-40. It was obvious by halftime that the Trojans had no answer for Te'Ja Twitty who ended the night with with 28 points to go along with her three assists.
“Te'Ja's tough,” commented Chase head coach Todd Davis. “I was trying to get her (Twitty) an extra foul here and there but the refs didn't want to help me out.”
The Trojans may have been able to live with those numbers from Twitty, but in the end it was her 13 boards and her defense that did them in.
“She's such a special ball player,” said Hilltoppers head coach Darius Fuller about his sophomore standout. “She'll probably be my first player to get a 1,000 rebounds.”
The contest remained close early as the teams entered the second quarter with the Hilltoppers holding to a 13-10 lead. The first quarter proved to be an aberration.
The Hilltoppers (7-13, 4-8 SMAC) took control of the contest as Te'Ja Twitty simply dominated the paint and sparked an 18-2 run in the second quarter to outpace the Lady Trojans (1-18, 0-12 SMAC).
The Hilltoppers took a 35-18 lead into the half and never looked back.
“I'm proud of the girls, they played hard and that's all that I can ask from them,” coach Davis said. “The first time we played RS they beat us by 30 and this time we kept it (much closer). It was a good effort.”
Leading the effort for the Trojans were freshman Kyra Davis and junior Jamie Phillips who combined for 28 of the team's 40 points.
The Hilltoppers' Tia Bristol added 11 points and 3 assists in another solid outing while Breyuana Lynch helped control the lane tallying three blocks before Fuller pulled his starters.
“The biggest thing tonight was getting everyone in, getting them game experience because you never know when you might need that bench,” Fuller said
Central returns to action Tuesday at Kings Mountain while Chase hosts Crest on Monday.