Lady Warriors split two with Walnut Ridge
A quick start offensively combined with their high pressure defense helped the EPC Lady Warriors to a 60-34 victory over Walnut Ridge in conference action Thursday in Lepanto.
"We got off to a quick start," said EPC coach Bobby Lewallen. "Our pressure defense is what won the game for us. We put lots of pressure on them and got them to make mistakes, especially when we were in our full court defense. We hit some shots early and got some confidence. We were able to run our fast break and got some easy buckets."
Brittany Ball led the Lady Warriors with 17 points. Teria Young and Terrika Madden each had 10 points. Alicia Ross had nine, Keyerah Young seven, Shaniqua Monk had three, while Jaye Young and Whitney Ball each had two points.
Teria Young knocked down three of the first four buckets for the Lady Warriors.
"Teria Young started out on fire for us," Lewallen said. "That's the way these guys have been lately. The same guy doesn't lead us every night. Which is a good thing. The other teams cannot key on one player with us. I hope we can keep this part of our game up, spreading the ball around and everyone getting shots and we can find out who has the hot hand on any given night."
Despite a hard effort in the second half, the Junior Lady Warriors fell to Walnut Ridge, 49-37.
"In the junior high game, we had two totally different halves," Lewallen said. "Two different teams practically. If the second half team had played the whole way though, we may have had a chance. We got a lot of turnovers off of them in the third quarter with our pressure defense. Had to take some timeouts because we were getting tired from chasing them all over. If we could have played like that the whole game, we would have given ourselves a chance to win. I am proud of the girls for how hard they played."
Synteria Ward led the team with 13 points. Alyson Phillips added nine points. Jade Weaver had seven, Melissa Baldwin five and Amelia Worsham three.
"Our players have really improved and they work hard in practice," he said. "I am really proud of the way they played tonight."
Lewallen was really pleased with the play of Ward.
"Our best offense is for someone to play us man-to-man because she is so hard to trap," Lewallen said of Ward. "I don't think anyone has trapped her all season. She is one of the best ball handlers I have had. She is really good."
The Junior Lady Warriors are 7-7 overall and 5-3 in conference.