Red Raider girls tame Tigers
T. Wingate Andrews girls basketball coach John Shearin decided it was time to shake things up.
With his Red Raiders struggling against Randleman’s zone defense and down three going to the second period, Shearin called for a switch to a full-court zone press in an effort to light a spark.
The strategy worked as Andrews ran away to a 76-33 victory to remain unbeaten in PAC6 play with two games remaining.
“We didn’t have any spark in our legs, our shots were flat, we weren’t playing too aggressive,” Shearin said. “we just went to the press to get the kids moving a little bit more. We like to press like that. It’s a change from what we’ve done before.
“Randleman was doing a good job against our half-court sets so we changed the tempo.”
The press started taking its tool with the score tied at 11 early in the second, The Tigers found it difficult to get the ball up the floor as Andrews repeatedly caused turnovers with its traps and turned them into easy baskets. When Randleman did shoot and miss, the Red Raiders swept down the floor for layups. And the Raiders also began driving through the Tigers press.
It was more of the same in the second half as Andrews scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and went on to lead by as many as 50.
Imani Watkins led the Raiders offense with 19 points that included nine in the second and eight in the third. Destiny Timberlake added 14 while Mahan Sanders had 13, October Campbell 11 and Shamisha Farabee 10.
“The press is something the kids like to do and it gives us more opportunities on offense and defense,” Shearin said.
RANDLEMAN BOYS RALLY FOR WIN
The ebb-and-flow of Andrews effort represented their season in a nutshell.
The Red Raiders built a 16-point lead in the second quarter, saw all of it slip away and fell to the Tigers, 53-45
“Sometimes we play spectacular and sometimes we play, we I don’t know what to call it,” Andrews coach Cleaver Rennie said.
They were at their best when they forced a series of steals and scored 14 straight points for a 27-11 lead with 2:41 left in the second quarter. Randleman (15-6, 6-2 PAC6) cut the margin to seven at the half, and after Andrews (5-12, 4-4) opened the second half with a 3, outscored the Raiders 14-2 over the remainder of the third quarter to lead 41-35.
“We started handling the pressure a little bit,” Randleman coach Daniel Mitchell said. “They were clearly getting into our space as I like to tell the guys. We started attacking that and we were able to get some easy buckets.”
Andrews trailed by as little as three with 2:28 to play but couldn’t cut the margin with a chance to trim it to one.
“We still looking for that one player who can show some leadership and step up and make a play,” Rennie said.
Allen Golsen led the Tigers with 15 points. Zach Dunbar celebrated his birthday by hitting three 3s in the second quarter.
Chris Easton and Jashiah Murphy topped Andrews with eight each.
Andrews will play host Tuesday to Carver on Senior Night and then closes out the regular season on Friday at Wheatmore.