After the third quarter of last night's game against No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, the City girls basketball players wanted to switch from man-to-man defense to zone. Coach George Petrides was fine with that.
The zone gave the Cavaliers so much trouble that they hit just one field goal over the next four minutes, enabling the No. 6 Knights to start pulling away from a tie game en route to a 62-52 victory in the Breezy Bishop Showcase at Western.
"The 3-2 worked better for us," Knights senior point guard Breaira Barksdale said of their zone. "Spalding, they have mostly guards, so when the guards from our team matched up with their guards, it was quicker and it made it less complicated for our defense."
The teams were tied at 44 before the Knights took off on a 9-1 run, helped by four Spalding turnovers. Jordan Clinton scored the last of her 17 points with 2:08 left to pull the Cavaliers (4-3) within 53-47, but LaShay Taft answered with a three-pointer that all but sealed the victory for the Knights (2-0).
"They went to that zone and we just had a hard time," Spalding coach Bookie Rosemond said. "Our Achilles' heel for the season's been turnovers and poor shooting. Once again, that's what hurt us."
Early on, the Knights struggled with their shooting, which helped the Cavaliers lead by as many as six points in the second quarter. Many of the Knights' points came from inside with forwards Clinton and Shaquilla Curtis combining for 32 points and 20 rebounds.
The Knights struggled with their inside game but made up for it with their guard play as Taft finished with 25 points and Barksdale added 16.
OAK HILL (VA.) 59, NO. 4 WESTERN 53: : The Doves stayed close early on and rallied toward the end, but the Warriors were just too tall, often playing four girls 6-foot-2 or taller. Trailing 49-34 going into the final quarter, the host Doves (1-1) made up some ground by hitting 10 of 13 free throws, but it wasn't enough. Western's Keirah Hicks, a 5-foot-6 guard led all scorers with 17 points. Lakeesa Daniel, one of two 6-foot-5 Warriors, scored 14.
MILFORD MILL 54, POLY 38: : Breona Blount and Desiree Carr scored 16 points each as the Miller upset the Engineers in a Showcase game played at Poly.