Lady Cavs bounce back in Shootout
Southern Lee’s girls basketball squad led practically wire-to- wire in its 62-54 win over Northern Vance on day two of the Lee County Basketball Shootout. That’s not to say the Lady Cavalier victory was easy though.
The Lady Cavs (4-7) had to overcome two outstanding scoring performances by the opponent in the consolation game of the tourney. Kechae Parker poured in 25 points for Northern Vance (1-7) and backcourt mate Tanana White scored 20 points.More to Southern Lee’s game plan though, the Lady Cavs got by even with their experienced leader Brianna Taylor, or “floor general” as head coach Nate Woodruff says, playing the last three quarters of the contest in major foul trouble.
“She’s a senior and a four-year player for us,” Woodruff said. “We know she’s a smart player, so we had all the confidence in the world in her that she could (stay in the game). She’s our floor general, so we’ve got to have her out there.”
Taylor led the Lady Cavaliers with 16 points. Equally key, she spurs the Cavalier defensive pressure and handles most of the point guard duties.
Southern Lee ran out to a 36-15 lead by the late stages of the first half. Taylor, Jasmine McIver and Jordanna Kalkhof scored all the Southern Lee points in a 16-0 run in the first 4:15 of the second quarter.
After struggling against Northwood’s pressing defense in a 55-24 loss in Thursday’s first round, the Lady Cavs beat Northern Vance’s trapping and turned it into easy points.
Taylor picked up her fourth foul, though, with 3:20 left in the half. Northern Vance sliced the Lady Cavalier lead down to 38-32 by halftime. Parker scored 17 of her 25 points in the opening half while White scored 14 of her 20.
Taylor started the second half and was on the court for all but the last 90 seconds of the third quarter. When Taylor was subbed out, junior forward Rachel Wilson scored four points, extending Southern’s edge a bit, to a 50-43 lead heading to the last quarter.
“Rachel Wilson had a big day for us,” Woodruff said. “She got a bunch of crucial rebounds and kept offensive plays alive for us. Tanora Boykin did the same things for us today, then Jordanna (Kalkhof) had a big game for us.”
“We have a lot of players who play a lot of different roles for us. The roles may change from game to game but they all accept those roles and do everything they can to help the team win,” he said.
Northern Vance chipped the Cav lead down to 56-51 before back-to-back baskets inside by senior Ashley Owens. The buckets were four of her six points but came at a huge point, taking the Cavalier lead to 60-52 with a bit more than three minutes to play.
The next two Lady Cavalier times with the ball took nearly two minutes off the clock, effectively sealing the game.
“It’s something we’ve been working on a lot. Any time you can hold the ball for a long time and not turn it over, it helps,” Woodruff said.
Kalkhof and McIver scored 14 points each for the Lady Cavaliers (4-7) who have won four of their last six games and move into the fifth-place game of the Shootout which will be Saturday at 6 p.m. in Packard Gym.