Lady Hilltoppers thump Shelby
Pesky defense and consistent scoring paved the way for the R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers to claim a 58-34 win over Shelby Friday night at home.
"Games like this allow us to work on things that we may not have the luxury of working on against a stronger team," said Central head coach Darius Fuller. "This benefits us down the road. "
The Lady Hilltoppers used three Shelby turnovers in the first minute to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
"Early on we were working on different presses and I liked what I saw," Fuller said.
Central’s attack cooled off as Fuller inserted his bench for the last half of the first quarter. Shelby took advantage and trailed just 14-10 heading into the second quarter.
Central opened the second quarter on a 9-2 to get back to a comfortable 23-12 lead with four minutes left in the half.
Shelby managed just five points in the quarter as the Hilltoppers took a 27-15 lead into the break.
Another big run inflated the Hilltopper lead to 21 points early in the third quarter. By the time the third quarter ended the Lady Hilltopeprs were on their way to a blowout with a 44-17 lead.
Christian Godlock dominated the defensive end for Central while Alyssia Watkins, Tia Bristol ad Te’ja Twitty continued to put the ball in the basket.
The Hilltopper reserves entered with less than three minutes left and helped Central cruise to a 58–34 victory.
"We want to continue to play hard. If you start to play soft then someone gets hurt," Fuller said about the lopsided final score. "You don't want to disrespect the game and your opponent by thinking you have it won."
Bristol led the Hilltoppers with 16 points while Twitty added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Watkins filled the stat sheet with an unconventional double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 steals.
Central returns to the court Friday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Burns. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.