Lady Warriors prove too big for Bears
West Montgomery outrebounded Chatham Central throughout Friday night’s Yadkin Valley Conference girls basketball game. It finally paid off for the Lady Warriors (3-3, 3-1) in the second half and West Montgomery turned a two-point deficit at halftime into a 51-36 win.
The Lady Bears (2-4, 2-1) fell behind in the opening minutes before working to get, and make, open shots against West Montgomery’s quick defense. West Montgomery led 8-2 four minutes into the game. Chatham Central got back to a 13-11 deficit at the end of the first quarter and a 15-15 score after two free throws by Evan Moody.
Gracie Brown made a free throw, then hit a 15-foot jumper on the next Lady Bear possession to put Chatham Central ahead 20-17.
Point guard Ashley Hudson scored 10 points, including two three-pointers, to lead the Lady Bears in the opening half. Forward Jordan Culberson added eight points. Chatham Central led by as much as 25-17 late in the half before having a 28-26 lead at the break.
West Montgomery had a size and strength advantage throughout, especially from starting post players Latoya Cuthrell and Stephanie Lindsey. The rebounding, on both ends of the court, paid off on the scoreboard in the second half.
A string of too many Lady Bear turnovers hurt the home side as well. Guard Jasmine Diggs made a lay-up, then seconds later off a steal by Lindsey in the Warrior full-court trapping, Diggs finished another lay-up for a 31-28 Lady Warrior lead.
West Montgomery continued on to an 11-0 run in the first 3:04 of the second half, taking a 37-28 lead. West Montgomery kept dominating for a 17-2 advantage in the third period and Chatham Central didn’t threaten the Lady Warrior lead from there.
Cuthrell finished with nine points, 16 rebounds and five steals. Danasia Diggs led the Lady Warriors with 13 points, including eight points, and a banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer, in West Montgomery’s run to finish the first half.
After a solid opening half for the Lady Bear offense, nothing came easy in the second half. Hudson led the Bears with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Culberson had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Chatham Central moves on to another Yadkin Valley game, hosting South Stanly Tuesday at 6 p.m.