Lady 'Cats feature balanced scoring attack
By Jody O'Hara
Dec 19, 2013, 11:13
The Stone High girls' basketball team has been spreading around the scoring and the result has Coach Sam Smith smiling.
Seven players, led by Constance Evans' nine points, got into the scoring column in a 46-35 victory over Pearl River Central.
Essence Corbett and Akeyha Herrien added eight apiece while Aleyia Howze and Marly Fairley had seven.
Terrianna Breland contributed six.
Herrien also pulled down 10 rebounds and Breland grabbed eight.
Smith isn't smiling all the time.
"We're averaging 21 turnovers and shooting 41 percent from the free-throw line and we're 7-3, so go figure," he said.
Herrien scored 10 points in a 44-40 victory over George County last Friday.
Howze added eight while Evans and Ravion Johnson each contributed six.
Smith likes the balanced nature of the scoring.
"I'm quietly surprised," he said. "It says we're winning as a team.
"Some teams can be carried by one or two players: we need all 13."
O'Mari Breland scored 13 points to lead the Lady 'Cats junior varsity in a dominating 41-17 victory over George County.
The Tomcats fell to 6-4 with an 80-53 home-court loss to George County Friday.
Stone was playing without their big man in the middle, Peyton Owen.
"That's 20 points right there," Coach Todd Miller said. "It kind of threw us because we thought he was going to play."
Owen suffered an injury to his back in a victory over Pearl River Central on Tuesday.
Miller said he needed another one or two players to step up and compliment the scoring of Owen and Amari Lewis.
"We're looking for that third or fourth man to take the weight off them," he said.
The Tomcats were simply unable to contain the quickness of George County's guards, who not only ran a brisk fast break, but also wreaked havoc on defense.
"We had a lot of turnovers and give George County credit for that," Miller said.
Kevin Stubbs put up 18 points for the Tomcats while Lewis had 14.
Things were exciting at the Henry Rath Activity Center Tuesday as Marquez Edwards secured a 45-44 victory over Pearl River Central with a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute left on the clock.
The Tomcats trailed by four at the half, 23-20, but went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter.
Lewis had 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Miller likes where his team is at up to this point in the season.
"We won six games all of last year," he said. "We've got six wins already, I'll take it."
Stone was scheduled to host Forrest County AHS Tuesday and West Jones Friday.
The Stone High Christmas Tournament is scheduled for Dec. 27-28.
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