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As the pace slowed in Monday’s nonconference clash against Nash Central, the sloppier the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team became against its former 3-A Big East Conference opponent.
The Lady Warriors were in no way threatened by the Lady Bulldogs in grabbing their sixth win against three losses in a 50-27 victory. A quick 11-0 start fueled by deflections and turnovers out of full-court pressure assured such. Nash Central (3-4) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference lacked the ball handling to combat Hunt in the backcourt as the Lady Warriors produced 25 turnovers.
“Slowing down and not rushing, there’s still a difference,” second-year Hunt head coach Tiffany Parks said. “We’ve still got to move our feet and meet our passes. So I think it’s just something we need to work on. We’re still working hard, but learning to wait and have more patience.”
Sophomore Bria Griffith led the deluge that sank the Lady Bulldogs, as she bucketed 10 of her team-high 19 points in the opening quarter. Most were the result of made layups, a trend that Parks noted Griffith reversed from the last few games. Griffith’s lay-in off a Nash Central turnover allowed the Lady Warriors to assume an 18-2 lead en route to a 28-7 edge after one quarter.
Hunt led by as many as 33 in the third quarter, but showed little interest in extending the margin past that point. Parks and the Lady Warriors backed off full-court pressure early in the third quarter, instead opting to run extended sets to probe for quality shots. In turn, the Lady Bulldogs did little to press themselves and remained stagnant offensively even against passive Hunt defenses in the second half.
After racing to a 41-14 lead at halftime, the Lady Warriors only bucketed nine points the entire second half. Hunt committed 16 turnovers, most coming when the slowdown commenced.
“It’s definitely something we need to work on and develop our plays,” Parks said of Hunt’s half-court sets. “Even when we’re not ahead, we tend to rush on our offense because we’re such a fast-breaking team in transition. A set offense is something we’re always trying to improve on if we want to go into the playoffs.”
Sophomore Imani Sutton had 11 points and nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. Hunt, still missing junior Tatiana Smith, got 10 points from point guard Kayla Kent.
Robbi Allen’s 17 points led Nash Central.
NASH CENTRAL (27)
Anstead, Mitchell 5, Allen 17, Brown, A. Thompson, Gunter, Fox 5, Cherry, Shrock, Roughton, B. Thompson
Griffith 19, Jones 2, McNeill, Thorpe, Tucker 3, Chatman, Kent 10, Spells 4, Sutton 12, Lucas.
Score by quarters: