Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights Cruise in Opener
The Silver Knights girls basketball team opened their season on Friday night at home with a 67-34 win over visiting South Harrison. After taking a 9-2 lead the Hawks scored seven straight to tie the game at nine. Tyler however scored the final four points of the quarter to grab a 13-9 lead they would not relinquish.
The first quarter saw Peyton Kocher hit a three, while JoLee Walton got a bucket and two free throws. Josey Jones added two buckets and the Knights junior center Alexa Johnson dropped in a floater.
The Knights picked things up a little in the second stanza behind four points each from Johnson, Kocher and Jones, while Walton hit for two and Bethany College recruit Amanda Reynolds hit a foul shot for a 28-20 lead going into the locker room.
“The girls started out a little slow but once they got the jitters out of the way everything we’ve worked on, started to fall into place. I am very satisfied with their effort. We worked the ball well and as a result we got some good looks at the basket. I thought our girls played excellent defense, we committed some silly fouls but that was a result of being aggressive. We were able to play all the girls tonight and that is something that will make us better as the season goes on. The girls really picked it up after the break and we just took control,” said Knights coach Cathy Boggs.
The third period belonged entirely to the Knights as they outscored South Harrison 21-3 for a 49-23 lead heading into the last quarter. Jones led the way in the third with eight points while Walton added a pair of baskets. Kocher knocked down her second three of the game and Reynolds, Johnson and Miranda Weekley all scored a bucket.
The Knights got five points from Kocher in the fourth including her third from long range while Walton hit two more buckets as Tyler out scored the visitors 18-11 over the final eight minutes. Reynolds knocked in a three in the period and Jones added a bucket and a free throw. Eden Turner hit for two points and Summer Miller hit one of two free throws to round out the Knights scoring.
“It’s always good to open up with a win but we still have a lot of work to do. I was really pleased with the balanced scoring and that came about by some unselfish play. We are a pretty good passing team and the girls are staring to realize that good teamwork and getting everyone involved makes us a better team. We had three kids in double figures and nearly had four. We also did an excellent job on the boards. Our next game will be a real test for us as we travel to Parkersburg Catholic to take on a great Crusaders team,” added coach Boggs.
Jones, led all scorers with 20 points, while Kocher, hit for 15 and Walton, added 14. Johnson, scored eight on the night and Reynolds, got six. Jones also had seven rebounds and five steals while Walton grabbed six boards. Reynolds had four rebounds and four steals.
Top scorer for South Harrison was Jenna Montgomery with 15. The Knights next home game will be Friday, against St. Mary’s starting at 6 p.m.