Lady Bears romp against Lee County
Chatham Central put on an offensive clinic for most of the first half versus the co-host Lady Yellow Jackets, taking a lead as large as 34-9 on the way to a 66-47 win over Lee County in the first round of the Yellow Jacket Holiday Basketball Classic Friday evening.
Senior forward Ashley Hudson got the Lady Bears (4-3) off to a fast start and finished with 26 points. Chatham Central will meet Northwood in a semifinal game at 4 p.m. today. Northwood (7-2) advanced with a 62-25 rout over Hoke County, meaning Hoke will play the Lady Jackets (4-7) at 4 p.m. today.
Hudson scored a three-point play in the paint, then hit a three-pointer, giving Chatham Central a 6-2 lead. The Lady Bears lost six turnovers in the early going, but made their first seven shots from the field to open up a 16-7 lead in the first six minutes.
The Lady Bears led 22-7 after a period and 34-9 about five minutes into the second quarter, doing it with lots of motion, good passing and mostly shots from point-blank range.
Lee County turned up the pace of the game, with some full-court pressing, for a 9-2 run to close the half. Shantel Bennett and Tashari Wells-Tucker had six points each in the half.
The Lady Jacket defense made the second half a more even contest, but the Lady Bears had an answer for each time Lee County put a couple baskets together.
Lee County chipped the margin to 14, 41-27, late in the third period only for reserve guard Makenzi Brady to can a three-pointer and Hudson to score the next four points.
The Lady Jackets worked back to 13 points down, still with enough time to rally in the fourth, but that was as close as it got.
Bennett had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jasmine Person scored 11 points, all in the second half, including three three-pointers. Wells-Tucker had eight points and five boards and Noelle Beattie added seven points.
For the Lady Bears, along with Hudson’s big game, Brady had nine points and Alli Maness and Katelyn Moody scored eight each. Chatham Central shot 51.1 percent (23 of 45) from the field.