Lady Raiders top Mt. Hermon; move to 3-0 in district play

Published 1:23 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pine’s Breyanna Brown scored a game-high 15 points, and the Lady Raiders moved to 3-0 in District 8-2A play with a 42-33 home victory over Mt. Hermon Friday.

The Lady Raiders (15-9 at press time used several players off the bench in the second half and did a nice job defensively in the game.

“When we wanted to guard, when we put the top eight players in there and wanted to really distort them, I thought they were fully distorted,” Pine coach Eddie Vaughn said. “They had to take some really bad shots, and (Kiara Williams) hit a couple of them.”

The Lady Jackets (2-15, 1-2 at press time) took their only lead 57 seconds into the game when Williams, who scored 13 points, knocked down a 3-pointer.

Pine then scored 16 unanswered points on a run that went into the second quarter. The first five came from the free-throw line. Paris Kennedy and Nyxavion Robertson both hit two before Breyanna Brown hit one of two to make it 5-3 at the 4:27 mark.

Then Brown got inside for two before hitting another after grabbing an offensive rebound. Robertson missed two free throws with 15.5 seconds left, but Brown was there for the rebound and another follow up. It was 11-3 after one.

Second quarter scoring began when Morgan Thomas scored her only point by going one of two from the line with 7:50 left.

Brown scored the next four points, hitting a pair of field goals on second-chance shots after a pair of offensive rebounds, and it was 16-3 with 7:03 on the clock.

Dorothy Taylor, who had seven, ended Mt. Hermon’s 8:18 scoring drought by splitting from the line.

But Pine upped the advantage to 19-4 when Katelyn Jenkins converted a 3-point play for her only points off of Shay Seals’ assist. Kaylee Turnage, who had three, hit a jumper for a 21-4 lead with 5:28 left.

Mt. Hermon drew closer when Williams was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws, trimming the deficit to 21-7.

Pine led 26-9 at halftime.

Mt. Hermon shot the ball much better in the second half, which coach Danny Seals credited to better ball movement.

“Down there we didn’t move the ball around and we turned it over,” Seals said. “We come down here and move the basketball like we’re supposed to.”

Mt. Hermon put up the second half’s first five points with Williams hitting a 3-pointer before Nicole Riley found Jada Norman for two more. Pine’s lead was 26-14 with 4:56 left.

The Lady Raiders extended the advantage to 38-18 after three before going on to the 42-33 win.

Also scoring for Pine were Robertson with seven, Seals with six, Laken Breedlove with five and Kennedy with two.

Mt. Hermon’s Norman put up six points, and Riley, Camus Hart and Angelica LeRay added two each.