Lady Knights blast Hawks in LKC game
When South Harrison’s Lady Hawks visited Tyler Consolidated High School for the Little Kanawha Conference placement game on Monday, hardly anyone knew what to expect.
After all, the two schools are in different classifications in the SSAC and LKC and don’t play each other during the regular season.
When the Hawks went up 6-0 early in first quarter, some may have thought it was going to be a long night.
That’s about the time the full court press was initiated and Sami Jones got started. With a spectacular reverse layup, she sparked her team on a 10-1 run that vaulted her team to the lead with eight of those points belonging to her.
“I felt like we did a good job of adjusting defensively today because they beat us in our 2-2-1,” said Coach Matt Kinnard. “Then we went to the half court trap and I think that’s what helped us with our tempo to get those turnovers and really change the whole complexion of the game.”
South Harrison was able to tie it up in the early goings of the second stanza, but then other Lady Knights got more involved.
Christy Jones scored to give the hosts the lead once again, and as soon as Heather Suter hit a three from the top of the key to make it 15-11, you could sense the flood gates started to open. That was followed by another three, this time from Jones. The run would grow to 15-1 before a three by the Hawks’ Emily Webb put the score at 25-15.
By the half, the Lady Silver Knights led 30-17, thanks to the upstart offense and full-court press put on after the Hawks went up early. It gave South Harrison fits, and they were never able to recover.
In the second half, Tyler Consolidated’s offense became more balanced as a total of eight girls scored. By the end of the game, four of those girls were in double figures.
“You get double figures from that many girls, John Wooden said a long time ago you have one player in double figures, you’re going to lose. If you have five players in double figures, you’re going to win,” Kinnard said. “It’s that whole concept of a team contributing to the win. That’s been our last three wins.”
Tyler Consolidated won the game by a score of 58-35.
Heather Suter lead the team with 16 points and finished strong in other categories with seven steals and six rebounds. She was followed by sisters Christy and Sami Jones equally splitting 22 points. Lynsey Casteel added 10 points and got a double double with 13 rebounds.
Other scorers included Tiffany Lohri with six, Chelsea Musgrave with two, and Keri Suter and Whitney Williams adding a foul shot each.
In the Lady Knights other game of the week, they battled the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes. The game was close for a half as the Knights gave the talented Wood County school all they could handle and were down only six points at the half 31-25.
The Crusaderettes were able to take charge in the second half however, with 21 and 18 points quarters to Tyler Consolidated’s 11 and 14 setting up the final score at 70-50.
Musgrave led the Knights with 17 points. Sami Jones and Heather Suter added 11 and 10 respectively. Lohri scored six, Christy Jones had four, and Casteel added two.