Red Raider girls press issue, top Bulldogs
Nineteen games into the season and opponents still have not been able to crack the T.W. Andrews girls basketball team’s stifling press. It keeps winning games for the Red Raiders.
Andrews caused 21 turnovers with its full court zone press and cruise to a 59-41 victory Tuesday night over PAC-6 2A opponent Trinity, remaining unbeaten in conference play. Four players reached double figures, including October Campbell who led all scorers with 14 points.
Imani Watkins (12), Jazmin Taylor (10), and Santia Davis (13), also reached double figures.
“We’ve done well with the press. It’s something we like to do and it’s been creating opportunities for us.” Andrews head coach John Shearin said.
Andrews jumped out to an early first quarter lead by forcing nine turnovers. The athleticism and quickness of the Red Raider defense gave its offense plenty of scoring opportunities.
“We were able to find each other on the break and we were sharing the ball.” Andrews guard Watkins said. “We love to press. It lets us get out into the open court.”
Trinity attempted a late comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to only 10 points, but lost its starting point guard Sage Earnhardt due to an injury. The Bulldogs comeback fell flat without the offensive presence of Earnhardt.
The No. 2-ranked Andrews girls (18-1, 6-0) will go for their 19th win Friday night at Carver. Trinity (7-10, 3-2) will travel to Atkins on Thursday and plays at Wheatmore on Friday.