Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Whitehaven Girls Win Seventh Straight

image and article from Commercial Appeal
Whitehaven's Jasmine Rhodes, left, grabs a rebound from Central High's Montyria Bennett at Central High School.

In basketball — as in everything else — looks can often be deceiving. But when it comes to the Whitehaven girls looking like a real contender, that's no mirage.

Ariel Williams scored 19 points to lead the Tigers to a 68-65 victory over a young but talented Central team Tuesday at Central. The victory is the seventh in a row for Whitehaven, and 11 in its last 12.

It also avenges a loss to the Lady Warriors in the season-opening Martin Luther King tournament.

"Whew," said Tigers coach Johnny Luckett. "They (Central) are just babies but I coached those girls in the summer and they are very talented. When they beat us earlier, I think we kind of took them for granted, but tonight we were more ready."

Central (10-5, 0-1 District 16-AAA), which has six freshmen on its eight-player roster, pushed the pace early on and went into halftime with a 28-27 lead. But despite having a decided size advantage, the Tigers (16-3, 1-0) were more than willing to turn the game into a track meet.

"We matched them point-for-point," said Luckett, whose team won the Collierville Dragon Fire tournament over the holidays.

"A lot of people thought we would fall after losing Laka (Blache to graduation) but Maia McCoy and Tia Polk have stepped up and are leading by example."

McCoy and Brianna Shaw each had 12 for Whitehaven. Freshman Jasmine Carson led Central with 24, while Miyah Barnes added 21.


Ridgeway — ranked first in the Dandy Dozen and third in the state in Class AAA — pulled away in the second half to defeat Houston, 48-34. Breouanna Humphrey scored 15 to lead the Roadrunners, who are now 14-0. ... Antoinette Lewis had 17 as Harding overcame a 31-point effort from Emly Lytle to defeat ECS, 59-50.

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