Lady Jackets outrun Byrd for league win
All 10 Lady Yellow Jackets scored as Lee County resumed its basketball season after a 10-day layoff, largely thanks to snow postponements, with a 53-27 victory over Douglas Byrd Monday evening.
The Lady Jackets pressed and trapped their way to a big lead, getting out to a lead right away and making it a blowout with a second period in which they came within less than a minute of blanking the Lady Eagles in the period.
Jacket quickness and double-teams all over the court forced six turnovers and two Douglas Byrd timeouts in the first 2:49 of play.
Lee County led 4-0 at that point, as the Lady Jackets couldn't capitalize on all the errors they were creating.
After the first Lady Eagle basket, Whitney Love drained a three-pointer from the right wing for a 7-2 Lee County lead.
The Jacket defense continued swarming and the Jackets, playing 10 players quite equally, even before the score was one-sided, took advantage of a Lady Eagle squad with only seven players available.
Shantel Bennett's acrobatic scoop lay-up for a three-point play, coming off a steal and fast-break pass by Tara Speelman, made it 14-6 Lee County.
After it was 16-8 through one quarter, the Lady Jackets kept the running game going with another Bennett three-point play for a 21-8 lead. It was 28-8 Lady Jackets before Douglas Byrd got the last basket of the half. All 10 Lady Jackets scored in the half with Noelle Beattie and Bennett getting six each.
Back-to-back steals and breakaway lay-ups by Jasmine Person sparked the Lady Jackets, on both ends of the court, for a strong finish to the third period. Lee County led 46-18 going to the last quarter.
The Lady Jackets finished with a 33-14 turnover advantage.
Bennett led Lee County with 12 points to go with three steals and three assists. Person scored 11 points. Love, Beattie and Speelman scored six each.
Tashari Wells-Tucker and Beattie led Lee County on the boards with 14 and 10, respectively.
Lee County (6-12, 2-5) will play county rival Southern Lee for the second time this season, although the first conference game, at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southern Lee.