Scotlandville may be highlighted by three front-court players that stand 6-foot-6 and above, but don’t take the Hornets’ guard play lightly.
Scotlandville drained 12 3-pointers Tuesday night en route to a 79-34 rout at Central to remain undefeated at 4-0 in District 4-5A and hand the Wildcats their first league loss.
“David didn’t win this one. I think Goliath got this one,” Central coach Ron Lewis joked after the game. “(Scotlandville) played well. When they’re playing like that and their guards are shooting like that, it’s tough to match up with them. Hats off to them. They came with their game plan and they executed their game plan.”
Vincent Sanders led the way for Scotlandville (22-2, 4-0) with 24 points, 18 of which came from behind the arc. Six Hornets hit 3-pointers, including senior forward Brian Bridgewater, who finished second on the team with 16 points.
Senior center Damian Jones also cracked double-digit figures, scoring 12 points while blocking six shots and snagging four rebounds.
“When you come on the road and perform like that in this type of environment, I’ve got to tip my hat off to my kids,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “Tonight, we did a real good job of going inside for a stretch, then on the perimeter for a good stretch. I can’t complain about the effort that these boys are giving me.”
Justin Jemison was the lone Wildcat to reach double-digits, putting up 11 points to go along with his four rebounds. Cameron Brooks and Kevin Henry followed with eight points each.
Central (9-7, 3-1) hung around going, keeping the game within single digits the majority of the first half. The Wildcats also kept Jones in check, holding him scoreless through the first period.
But Scotlandville limited Central to just four second-quarter points while scoring nine straight to close the quarter and pull away for a 33-13 halftime lead. The Hornets kept their foot on the gas coming out of the break, scoring 25 third-quarter points to build up a big lead and coast to victory.
“They’re such a good team that they made their push, and we weren’t able to rally and sustain any type of composure with it,” Lewis said. “We’re going to learn from it. Playing them gets you ready for the playoffs, and we want to try to get ourselves in a good position to make it to the playoffs.”
As the teams enter the final stretch of the regular season, both coaches reemphasized the bigger picture with hopes of not only reaching the playoffs, but making a run through the postseason.
“They know we’re on a mission,” Sample said. “They did their best.
“We’re all trying to do our best to make it to where we need to be.”
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