Callicutt, Ledford girls run away from Central

Ledford’s Courtney Callicutt drives to the basket for a shot as Central Davidson’s Jordan Chavis tries to stop her during their game Thursday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

Ledford girls coach John Ralls wanted his team to put the clamps on Central Davidson defensively, and the Panthers did so in a runaway 61-44 victory Thursday night behind 20 points from Courtney Callicutt.

Emmalee Thomas, after scoring one point against North Davidson on Tuesday, had 11 points while point guard Briana Grier added 10.

The Panthers led 25-21 but used a 13-0 run in the third quarter to put it away. Reserve wing player Julia Carroll hit a pair of 3-pointers in the decisive run.

“Defensively, I thought we prevented them from getting a lot of open looks, easy looks,” Ralls said. “Sidney Stroud did a good job of staying in front of (Paige) Chavis and stopped her from getting going.”

Jordan Chavis led Central with 12 points and Paige Chavis had 10, including seven in the first half.

“We shot 22 percent against Carson,” said Central coach Kevin Hudson, whose team fell to 1-1. “They shot worse than Ledford shot tonight. That was the difference. I don’t think we handled their pressure real well in the first half. Their defense really bothered us. I thought we did better in the second half. We didn’t make shots. We didn’t finish.”

The Spartans had no answer for the 5-8 Callicutt, who either made layups or got fouled. She was 10-for-11 from the free throw line.

Ledford, which visits East Davidson on Friday, led by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter.

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