Lady Tigers get good start, win

Published 12:02 am Friday, February 3, 2012

Straughn’s Brittany Driver had 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers to victory Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn’s Lady Tigers got off to a good start with a 10-0 run and went on to beat Pleasant Home 44-32 on Thursday night at SHS.

The Lady Tigers led 10-0 with 4:45 left in the first period on a Brittany Driver put back. Driver had six points at the end of the run, and scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half.

“We had a lid on it,” PHS coach Kelley Garner said about the first period. “We just couldn’t score. We had some good looks. We dug a hole.

“I’ll give it to my girls,” she said. “I thought they hustled for four full quarters.”

SHS coach Scott Kinsaul said the early start was good to see.

“That was the difference tonight,” Kinsaul said about the 10-0 run. “We were able to hold on to it (the lead).

“Pleasant Home’s a very good basketball team,” he said. “We wish them luck in their tournament.”

Pleasant Home’s only two points in the first period came on back-end free throws from Erica Bullard.

The Lady Eagles trailed 15-2 going into the second period, where SHS led 19-4 after Katelyn Kinsaul drive to the basket.

Pleasant Home cut the game to 12 points after Raven Woods drive to the other end and jumper for two ponts.

Straughn senior Anjelica Bonham got a put back after a steal and the Lady Tigers led 22-8 in the second period.

Straughn went ahead 25-8 thanks to a Kimmie Jones free throw, which was one of the Lady Tigers’ six made free throws on the night.

The Lady Tigers led 25-12 at half time.

Straughn (21-4) outscored the Lady Eagles (12-5) 11-8 in the third period to lead 36-20.

Pleasant Home wasn’t finished with the game, yet.

The Lady Eagles went on to outscore the Lady Tigers 12-8 in the fourth period, despite the loss.

Pleasant Home’s Ashley Williamson made a 1-and-1, Emily Byrd got a lay up off of a pass and Williamson made another lay up to guide the Lady Eagles in the fourth.

Straughn’s Jacie Williamson made a turn around jumper to give the Lady Tigers a 44-27 lead and Pleasant Home went on a late 5-0 run at the tail end.

Woods and Williamson led the Lady Eagles with nine points each.

Jacie had nine points for Straughn, and Kinsaul chipped in eight points.