Glenn’s girls top High Point Central, 40-30
Kinaya Davis had a game-high 13 points, all of which came in the second half, to lead the Glenn girls to a 40-30 win at High Point Central on Tuesday night.
“The difference in the game in the second half was our defensive effort,” Bobcats coach Melvin Heggie said. “Kinaya Davis is at a point now of transitioning. We lost a couple players earlier in the year, so she is the point now. I thought she settled down a little bit in the second half and looked for her shot.”
Glenn (8-12, 2-7 Piedmont Triad 4A) was led by Davis defensively, as well. Her ability to capitalize on turnovers and convert them into points was key for the victor after the break. The Bobcats turned what was a 17-13 halftime lead into a 13-point advantage at the end of three quarters, outscoring the Bison 13-4 in the period to seize momentum.
“Coach told me at halftime to take better care of the ball,” Davis said. “He just told me to do what I do best and get in the lane, so I tried to do that.”
Both teams struggled to put points on the board throughout. In light of the fact neither team’s shots were falling, the coaches sped up the tempo. For Glenn, this led to run-outs and easy buckets. For the Bison, costly errors played into the hands of the opportunistic Bobcats defense.
Central began the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run that briefly invited the crowd back in the game and cut the Bison’s deficit to six. Ultimately, however, the turnovers were too much for Central to overcome.
Central (0-21, 0-8 Piedmont Triad 4A) was led by Cardine Gibson with 12 points.
“I told them the game was within reach, and they responded,” Bison coach Ben Free said. “They were aggressive, they hit some shots and this built their confidence. We had some loose balls we couldn’t get to or control, and that led to some run-outs and some broken plays. That really was the difference, but it’s pay off learning. I was proud of their effort.”
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