Andrews takes two from Atkins
Only a few times this season has the T.W. Andrews girls basketball team really been tested in conference play, but head coach John Shearin knows not to take any game for granted.
His team scratched out a 49-37 victory Friday night over PAC-6 2A opponent Atkins to win its seventh consecutive game.
“The score didn’t indicate how close and tough this game was tonight for us. But trust me – we expected this type of game,” Shearin said.
The Red Raiders (17-1, 5-0 PTC) lost a 10-point lead in the third quarter, being dominated on the offensive glass by Atkins forwards Amani Hampton and Sanyna Carpenter.
Imani Watkins, who led all scorers with 14 points, hit key shots late in the third quarter as the Red Raiders used an 18-3 run to put away the Camels and secure their fifth conference victory. Watkins scored all 10 points for Andrews in the third.
“Imani got going good and defensively the intensity picked up. You know this is a long season. We’re not going to be excellent shooters night in and night out.” Shearin said of his team’s 33 percent field goal shooting percentage.
The Red Raiders held Atkins to 11 points in the final nine minutes of play.
“They got the best of us at one point. But I guess it was just us wanting to get the win.” Andrews guard Santia Davis said. Davis and teammate Destiny Timberlake scored 11 points each in the win.
Andrews, coming off a season-high 85-point performance on Tuesday, struggled to find the basket, shooting 18-of-54 from the field. Its offense struggled to find continuity at times, and the team turned the ball over 17 times.
“We are not where we want to be right now. We’re going to have to work really hard in practice.” Davis said.
However its defense picked up the slack holding the Camels to two points in the first quarter. Atkins did not make a field goal until the 7:15 mark in the second quarter.
Five regular season games remain for Andrews, which travels to Trinity on Tuesday. Atkins girls slip to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the PAC-6 2A.
In the boys game, the Red Raiders gutted out a 57-54 victory to improve to 3-2 in the conference and 4-12 overall.
Bennie Butler led Andrews with 20 points, including three 3-pointers, followed by Chris Eatmon with 12 and Bailey Willis with eight.
Atkins had two opportunities in its final possessions to tie the game and send it to overtime. With nine seconds remaining, the Camels attempted a deep 3-pointer that missed but was deflected out of bounds off a Red Raider defender to give Atkins a second opportunity.
With 5.8 seconds remaining, the Camels missed a 3-pointer to give Andrews the victory.