Lady Bears go cold vs. Providence Grove

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

The Chatham Central Lady Bears, after recording their first victory against Jordan-Matthews since January 2009 on Tuesday night, suffered a letdown on Friday night, falling to Providence Grove 41-30.

From the opening tip-off, both teams played aggressively from their 2-3 zone defense, while the Lady Patriots mixed in some full-court pressure and trapping. Both teams, also, were hitting shots from the perimeter and from the inside putting up 28 combined points in the first quarter, after which the Lady Patriots led 17-11.

Leading by six points to start the second quarter, Providence Grove (3-1) went on an 8-0 scoring run, all from senior Charity Foxx, to go up 28-16, before a Chatham Central timeout with 4:29 left in the quarter broke the Lady Patriots’ momentum.

The Lady Bears came out of the timeout with a three-pointer by senior Alli Maness. The Lady Patriots finished the half with a 5-0 run to take their lead to 33-20.

Inexplicably, after combining for a total of 53 points in the first two quarters, the two teams scored a combined four points in the third quarter. Both squads continued their aggressive style of play and had numerous shots go in-and-out, and both sides turned the ball over and missed free throws. With 1:07 remaining in the quarter, Providence Grove's Madison Ferguson made two free throws to record the first points for either side in the third quarter.

With 5:35 remaining in the game, Maness connected on a three-pointer to cut the Lady Patriot lead to 35-25. That would be as close as Chatham Central would get for the rest of the evening. Providence Grove pulled away to a 14-point lead in the waning moments of the game before winning by 11, 41-30.

Chatham Central’s Maness led all scorers with 14 points, and senior Ashley Hudson chipped in six points.

Madison Ferguson’s 10 points, followed closely by Aileen Dawkins, and twins Charity and Hope Foxx with eight points each, led Providence Grove’s scoring. Dawkins snagged 11 rebounds and point guard Hope Foxx had five steals and three rebounds.