by charles salzer
Special to The Advocate
December 14, 2012
Scotlandville High School used sticky defense to gain a first-half advantage, and never let Broadmoor get over the hump Saturday night at the East Baton Rouge Parish girls basketball tournament at Belaire.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Daylin Boatner did most of the offensive damage, leading the Lady Hornets with 15 points as they took the championship with a 47-39 win over Broadmoor.
Scotlandville (10-1) built a 21-10 halftime lead, and led by double digits the rest of the way until the final minute of play.
Also hitting double figures for the Lady Hornets were Lanae Bickham with 12, and Cerica Sterling with 10.
“I knew they could do it,” Scotlandville coach Cedric Hill said. “I never had a doubt, but actually doing it is another thing. You still have to play the game, and we got it done.
“We grew up as basketball players and as young ladies, and we need to build on this.”
Broadmoor (8-3) got 16 from Honchea Thornton, and nine apiece from Shantrell Lumar and Mikayla Crockett.
“Scotlandville did a good job limiting us on offense,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “We had an off night shooting in the first half, and they took advantage of it.”
In other action, McKinley rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to edge Belaire 55-50 to win the third place contest. Belaire led 35-22 at the break, but the Panthers tied the score 41-41 entering the fourth quarter.
Boatner’s jumper early in the second quarter put Scotlandville on top 11-6. Broadmoor’s Lumar had a steal and scored to cut the deficit to 11-10 at the six minute mark, but it was the last points of the half for the Bucs.
Meanwhile, Scotlandville slowly built its lead.
Bickham scored on a fast break, and then she and Boatner connected from 3-point range. Boatner added a scoring drive late in the half pushing the Lady Hornets to a 21-10 advanteage.
Broadmoor missed its final five field goal attemps of the half, and its first three in the third quartert. Scotlandville’s lead grew to 28-16 midway through the quarter on Kenya Dixon’s three-point play.
“We set the tone on defense from end to end. That’s our personality,” Scotlandville coach Cedric Hill said. “I was surprised the girls weren’t nervous, but that’s a good thing. All in all, this helps prepare us for the district run.”
Scotlandville pushed the lead back out to 14 points twice in the fourth quarter, the last time at 41-27 on two free throws by Nicole Lang.
Broadmoore got a three-point play from Mikayla Crockett, and a follow shot by Thornton to get within 41-32. Scotlandville made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch.
“We’re progressing, and we’re learning to play the right way,” Hill said. “We’re trying to be consistent on both ends of the court and play four quarters. We’re not where we want to be, but compared to where we were at this time last year there’s no comparison.”