Bryant girls roll past Pickens County
Sat. February 02, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
COTTONDALE | The Paul W. Bryant High School girls basketball team closed out the regular season Friday, sending its lone senior out with a home victory.
MarQuanda Anderson scored 10 points and senior guard Danu Hernandez scored eight as the Lady Stampede defeated Pickens County 53-23.
"Danu has been around the program for a while," Paul W. Bryant coach NeQuesha Jones said. "She is a great player."
Bria Smith and Tila Green scored six points for the Lady Stampede (12-11).
Paul W. Bryant led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and 27-10 at halftime. The Lady Stampede scored 19 points in the third quarter, limiting Pickens County to 10.
"I think our defense really stepped up," Jones said. "In the second half, we only had one foul. They did more sliding their feet instead of using their hands. I’ve been teaching defense all along. Defense is our strength.
"We missed too many layups in the first half. We came out in the second half a bit more relaxed and started to make layups."
Tyneithia Lanier had 10 points to lead the Lady Tornadoes (7-12). Tyra Sommerville and Mariel Tellis had four points each.
Pickens County lost freshman point guard Charcarya Brown to a leg injury in the first quarter.
"We had an opportunity in the first half to score points, and we did not take advantage of it," said Pickens County coach Ike Gipson. "One of my point guards got hurt, so she came out. We have to play a lot of young girls, seventh- and eighth-graders. We try to encourage them to keep to keep playing and do the best they can.
"A lot of times in the first half we stay close and some time in third quarter we come out and our legs are a little bit weak. That’s when most teams take advantage of us."
Pickens County finishes the regular season with a home game Monday. The Lady Tornadoes will play Greene County in Reform. Paul W. Bryant plays Brookwood at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Class 5A, Area 7 tournament at Central.
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