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Central pressure too much for Holt girls

Central’s Shawntayla Harris tries to get off a shot against the defense of Holt’s Alex Tyree-Gaddy. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter)

HOLT | Holt’s Haleigh Shaw made the first basket Friday, when she nailed a 3-pointer, but it seemed to ignite the Central Lady Falcons.

Central closed the first quarter with 13 straight points and went on to defeat the Lady Ironmen 67-30.

Ten players scored for Central, which improved to 13-2. The Lady Falcons led 38-14 at halftime and 59-20 at the end of the third quarter.

"No answer for them," Holt coach Torrance Beard said. "Central’s a very good team. I thought our girls did a good job of attacking them when they could and knocking down shots when they were open."

Central coach Michael Rivers said his team got rolling when he started substituting.

"Our first unit started off a little sluggish, so we had to mix and match and put different players in to speed the game up," Rivers said. "When I put the smaller unit in, they actually started executing the defense a lot better because they were pressing a lot harder. Instead of standing off from the ball, they began to get up on the ball and it took its toll on Holt. The steals led to easy baskets."

Toborsha Holley led Central with 11 points. D’Leisha Dent scored 10. Jerlissa Matthews and Traniya Pitts scored nine points each. LaWanda Maddix and Shawntayla Harris had eight points each.

Dent collected 10 rebounds, and Harris had six. Pitts recorded six steals. Angelica Weatherspoon and Matthews dished out three assists each.

"We overwhelmed them, especially going into the second quarter," Rivers said. "We have a bunch of athletes who are willing to share the ball. When we get the rebound, we look for the outlet pass and they did that perfectly tonight."

Shaw, a freshman guard, led Holt with 20 points. She accounted for all 14 of her team’s points in the first half. Katina Robinson had seven points, and Jaquetha Street scored three. Street was the first Holt player other than Shaw to score, as she made a basket in the third quarter.

"We had a talk right before Christmas break about (Shaw) playing with a little more effort, and she got down with it tonight," Beard said.

Central plays at home today, facing Sipsey Valley at 3 p.m. Holt (5-8) plays at Fayette County next Friday.


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