Central rallies past Chase

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 07:45 AM

The Lady Hilltoppers used a trapping defense and a strong night on the offensive glass to sprint past a feisty Chase squad 73-53.

“I’ve very proud of the way our trap worked tonight,” said Central coach Darrius Fuller. “We we able to get turnovers and score points in transition and that was key tonight.”

Tia Bristol opened the game on a 6-0 run for the Lady Hilltoppers. Alyssa Watkins and Te’ja  Twitty continued the run with back-to-back  layups to push the lead to 10-0.

Chase got on the board when Kendra Holcombe hit a runner in the lane and a Takirah McKinney three-point play.

Central responded with another long run behind Bristol and Watkins who had numerous scores on drives to the basket. Kaitlyn Smart and Holcombe tried to keep  to keep the Lady Trojans close with a flurry of baskets but Chase still trailed 26-11 at the end of the first quarter,

R-S Central opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to seize control of the contest capped on a  short jumper by Christian Godlock.

Chase then got a spark from its bench as Sidney Freeman scored five straight points, but the home team just could not with the speed and offensive rebounding of  Central as the Lady Hilltoppers seemed to score in transition or on second chances. As a result, Central led 49-22 at the break.

The early part of the third quarter belonged  to the Lady Trojans as they went on a 10-5 run out of  locker room. The Lady Hilltoppers regained control with their transition game and by the time Watkins hit a layup, R-S Central won the quarter 15-13

Chase made an extended run to begin the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 19 points with 3:41 left on a Smart jumper. But both coaches emptied their benches from that point and the teams played virtually even the rest of the way as Central took the 73-53 win.

Watkins led the Lady Hilltopers with 19 points while Smart and Holcombe had 16 apiece for Chase.

With the win Central improves to 7-1 in conference play while Chase drops to 0-8.

“I’ve very proud of the way our trap worked tonight,” said Central coach Darrius Fuller. “We we able to get turnovers and score points in transition and that was key tonight.”

Tia Bristol opened the game on a 6-0 run for the Lady Hilltoppers. Alyssa Watkins and Te’ja  Twitty continued the run with back-to-back  layups to push the lead to 10-0.

Chase got on the board when Kendra Holcombe hit a runner in the lane and a Takirah McKinney three-point play.

Central responded with another long run behind Bristol and Watkins who had numerous scores on drives to the basket. Kaitlyn Smart and Holcombe tried to keep  to keep the Lady Trojans close with a flurry of baskets but Chase still trailed 26-11 at the end of the first quarter,

R-S Central opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to seize control of the contest capped on a  short jumper by Christian Godlock.

Chase then got a spark from its bench as Sidney Freeman scored five straight points, but the home team just could not with the speed and offensive rebounding of  Central as the Lady Hilltoppers seemed to score in transition or on second chances. As a result, Central led 49-22 at the break.

The early part of the third quarter belonged  to the Lady Trojans as they went on a 10-5 run out of  locker room. The Lady Hilltoppers regained control with their transition game and by the time Watkins hit a layup, R-S Central won the quarter 15-13

Chase made an extended run to begin the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 19 points with 3:41 left on a Smart jumper. But both coaches emptied their benches from that point and the teams played virtually even the rest of the way as Central took the 73-53 win.

Watkins led the Lady Hilltopers with 19 points while Smart and Holcombe had 16 apiece for Chase.

With the win Central improves to 7-1 in conference play while Chase drops to 0-8.