EPC, MT split a pair in girls action
EPC defeated their neighborly rivals, Marked Tree, by a score of 73-42 in ladies basketball action Thursday night in Marked Tree.
"We were trying a new defense out and we hoped we could do everything we were working on in practice," said EPC Coach Bobby Lewallen. "And the ladies did a real good job executing our game plan. When we went into that zone, it threw Marked Tree off for a couple of possessions. Going to the zone and throwing them off worked in our favor."
Lewallen said the team worked on how they were going to contain Marked Tree stand out Alytrius Perry.
"Alytrius is such a good ball player," Lewallen said. "She is one of the best players in our league. It's a chore in itself just keeping up with where she is at on the floor. Much less knowing where her sister is at on the floor draining threes. The focus was keeping her from driving up the middle. And she was still able to get in and score. She is tough."
Lewallen was pleased with Alicia Ross stepping up off the bench for the Lady Warriors.
"Alicia came off the bench and gave us some good minutes again," Lewallen said. "She has really played well lately. She gave us a spark when Brittany got a couple of quick fouls. Alicia stepped in and did a good job for us. The whole team effort was good tonight. No one took a possession off."
Ross led with 16 points for the Lady Warriors. Keyerah Young had 14 points, Whitney Ball had 12 points, Brittany Ball had 10 points, Teria Young and Terrika Madden each had eight points and Jaye Young had five points.
"We got out played," said Marked Tree Coach Derek Drewitt. "We didn't have an answer for their big girls. They hammered it in on us."
Drewitt was pleased with Alytrius Perry's play.
"Alytrius puts the world on her shoulders, bless her heart," Drewitt said. "There is only so much you can do. They have a good team. They played really well. They didn't make mistakes. The shots you are supposed to make, they make. This was something to build on for sure."
Alytrius Perry led the Lady Indians with 23 points. Shaniqua Udell had six points, Quanesha Perry had five points, Emilee Timbs had three points, and Quandedra Perry and Zamilla Scott each had two points.
In junior girls action, Marked Tree defeated EPC by a score of 31-21
"We played exceptionally well tonight," Drewitt said of his junior high squad. "I don't think they shot the ball as well as they wanted tonight. We made the shots we were supposed to make. I was proud of them tonight. The girls played well tonight."
Alexia Perry led the Junior Lady Indians with 14 points. Bri Marshall had 10 points. Dez Reel had four points and Diana Harris had three points.
"We never could get going tonight," Lewallen said of the Junior Lady Warriors. "We didn't have a good practice today and it carried over into the game. We are really fighting colds right now. We had some girls missing school due to sickness. A couple of them weren't going to come to the game tonight, but I talked them into it. They gave it everything they had out there but by the second half, there wasn't much left in their tank. It's that time of year."
Synteria Ward and Jacie Weaver each had seven points for the Junior Lady Warriors. Alyson Phillips had three points, Stacy Mott and Amelia Worsham each had two points.