The Toombs County Lady Bulldog basketball team has opened up the season playing tough half court defense and they have held their first two opponents to single digits in seven of the eight quarters they have played. In their first home game, against Screven County, the girls limited the Lady Gamecocks to 12 first half points and seven in the second half in a 50-19 victory.
“We are really preaching being aggressive on defense and being the aggressor on defense.” head coach Melody Walker said. “We set the tempo ourselves and we don’t wait to see what our opponent is doing and I think they have really brought into that. We keep our energy up on a consistent basis in practice. We try to hit home that you have high energy from the moment you step on the floor. To be where your feet are and to take advantage of that moment.”
The Lady Bulldogs yielded eight points in the first quarter and then they really clamped down on Screven holding the visitors to just 11 points in the final three quarters including just a single point in the third period. “We jumped out and kind of picked up our defense a little bit. We stayed in our 2-3 zone, but we baited them by having them to shoot outside shots and they just shot poorly from the perimeter. We put ourselves in position to get the rebound and sprinted the ball up the floor and took advantage of the transition,” Walker said.
For the Lady Bulldogs and in particular freshman guard K.K. Mobley defense means easy offense. Mobley led TCHS with 24 points and she only played three quarters. She scored two points in the first half before erupting with 11 points in both the third quarter and fourth quarters. “Most of K.K.’s points came off of steals. She would just get in the passing lane and then make layups. She didn’t even play the second quarter. I thought she had a great night defensively. We hit a few shots from the perimeter and we were patient enough in our offense. Overall it was just getting fast break points. We struggled a little bit against the man defense. Otherwise it was just playing solid defense and creating offense off of that,” Walker added. Calvnika Davis added 8 points, Ziahya Griffin 6, Ashunti Campbell 5, LiliAnn Pittman 4 and Amya Bullard 3.
The Lady Bulldogs start a young five. Mobley and Ziahya Griffin are both first year players, Bullard is a sophomore and Davis and Campbell are juniors. “We have a lot of youth on the team. We are just trying to limit the frustration with that and to keep them confident and poised and to put them in positions where they can be successful,” Walker said as her team improved to 2-0. “Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling. Keep that level of enthusiasm up, that energy up and their confidence.”
The Lady Bulldogs are off until November 30 when they open up Region 2 play at Metter at 6 p.m.
|(2-0) Toombs County Lady Bulldogs Stats|
|(0-1) Screven County Lady Gamecocks Stats|