Lady Hilltoppers end season with win
It wasn’t a strenuous Senior Night for the R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers on Friday as they made quick work of the visiting Burns Lady Bulldog, 62-30, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Central defense allowed double-digit points in just one quarter in what was most likely its final game of the season as they finish the season 9-15 overall and 6-10 in South Mountain Athletic 2A/3A play.
“I’m happy that my seniors went out on a high note,” Central head coach Darius Fuller said. “Even though we’ll probably miss the state playoffs and winning nine games is below our standards here, but we left probably four other games out there on the floor.”
The game opened at a frantic pace as each team hauled in rebounds and raced to the other end of the floor.
Each team missed countless shots but the Lady Hilltoppers managed to get a few to fall and led 12-4 after the the first quarter.
The shooting woes continued for Burns (4-16, 2-14 SMAC) in the second quarter. The Lady Bulldogs took nearly four minutes before they scratched the corebook in the frame on an easy bucket to cut the Central lead to 20-6.
The shooting struggles transferred to the Lady Hilltoppers the rest of the quarter as they were held scoreless until Tia Bristol netted a 3-pointer just before the break to give Central a 23-10 lead at halftime.
The Burns offense awakened in the third quarter to score 12 points, but the lady Hilltoppers still stretched their lead to 18 points, 40-22, after the third quarter.
Central stayed on the gas in the fourth quarter no matter who was on the floor.
Central senior Sierra Wilkins scored five-straight points with 2:25 left in the game to balloon the Hilltoppers’ lead to 56-28.
Again, Burns scored in single digits in the quarter and fell 62-30.
Te’Ja Twitty led Central with 24 points and 21 rebounds while Bristol finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in her final high school game.
“With our two seniors, Tia [Bristol] and Sierra [Wilkins], I’ll miss them royally,” Fuller said. “Tia’s play speaks for itself and Sierra brings so much character to this team on and off the floor. When you’ve been around two players like this for four years it’s certainly something that will be missed.”
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
at R-S Central High School
February 18, 2014
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R-S Central (62)
Te’Ja Twitty 24, Tia Bristol 20, Wilkins 7, Lynch 4, Chavez 4, Barnette 3.
Brittany McMurry 16, Brown 8, Portee 3, Strong 2, Boling 1.