Central girls defeat Stonewall

Central's Tamra Scott maneuvers inside over Stonewall's Sara Streett during first half action on Tuesday night in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily
Stonewall's Emily Dodson goes up for a shot while Central's Bree Pifer defends during first half action on Tuesday night in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily
Central's Kendall Herbaugh takes the ball to the basket on this drive as Stonewall's Emily Ball defends during second quarter action on Tuesday night in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily
Central's Meredith Phillips blocks a shot attempt by Stonewall's Emily Dodson during first half action on Tuesday night in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG – Tamra Scott was like a vacuum cleaner on Tuesday night, sucking up every rebound she could get.

The Central junior center dominated on the boards, especially early in the game to lead the Falcons to a 45-31 non-district victory over Stonewall Jackson.

“I just felt like tonight we had a big advantage inside,” Scott said. “Our bigs just had an awesome night rebounding. It was an awesome night for us.”

Scott finished with a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds. She had six of those rebounds in the first four minutes of the game.

She scored Central’s first 12 points to help give them a 12-2 lead with 4:24. Most of her points came on putbacks off of rebounds.

“Mostly I’m just looking for a putback at the top of the square, just an easy dish back in the basket,” Scott said of her rebounding. “Not too hard, not too soft. Just lay it in there.”

The junior picked up her second foul with 4:08 left in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the period.

“We didn’t do a very good job of handling her, on the boards in particluar,” Stonewall Jackson coach Jeff Burner said. “I think her quickness and strength sort of overwhelmed Emily (Dodson) at first. Emily Ball also. But then I thought after the first quarter we really adjusted and played some good defense.”

The Falcons held a 16-7 lead after the first period, but struggled in the second period.

Scott scored the first four points of the second period, one basket inside the paint and two free throws for a 20-7 lead with 6:57 left in the first half. Central managed only two more points in the first half, and didn’t hit a basket for the last 7:29 of the second period.

The Generals were unable to take advantage as their only points came on a 3-pointer by J.J. Dellinger and a free throw by Dodson.

“We showed some real growth tonight, defensively,” Burner said. “We’ve been getting better at that. Hopefully that will be something we’ll keep improving on and keep doing better.”

The Falcons regained control of the game in the third period, using a 6-1 run to start the third period to build a 28-12 advantage with 4:55 left in the period.

“We did come back out in the third,” Central coach Bryan Scott said. “I challenged them at halftime to step it up a litle bit, and play Central Falcon girls basketball and playing that tough defense. I think they responded to that in the third quarter.”

The Generals were able to cut the lead to as little as 12 in the fourth period, but couldn’t get it back into single digits.

“If we can hit a few shots,” Burner said. “I thought we had six or seven balls tonight that seemed like they rattled down and then out. So we’re around it. We still just don’t shoot well enough right now to sort of get ourselves over the hump.”

The Generals were led by J.J. Dellinger with 10 points and six from Cheyanne Green.

Central had eight different players score. Freshman Kendall Herbaugh had two points and seven rebounds, and Ayanna Strother had two points and three steals.

The Falcons are 4-0, and Tamra Scott said she’s very happy with how the team has played so far this year.

“I’m actually super excited with the way we’re playing this season,” she said. “We’re playing as a team. Everybody’s getting in the game and getting baskets.”

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