Ledford girls in blowout
Wed. December 12, 2012 at 1:15 a.m. | By Jason Queen
West Davidson’s Katie Shoaf (right) tries to keep possession of the ball as Ledford’s Mackenzie Cranford reaches in a scramble on the floor during their game Tuesday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
West Davidson’s girls packed in the lane and forced Ledford to shoot from the perimeter all night.
Ledford’s Emmalee Thomas was just fine with that.
Thomas nailed 10 3-pointers and finished with 32 points to lift the Panthers to an easy 78-31 victory over the Dragons in Tyro.
West coach David Klinkoski, whose team suffered a 74-21 loss at Ledford last week, was hoping he would catch the Panthers on a cold shooting night. “We were gonna try and make them shoot the ball from the outside tonight,” Klinkoski said. “And, the first half I think they hit eight 3s.
“So we forced them to take the outside shot, and they proved they can bury it. You’ve just got to tip your hat to them on that.”
Ledford coach John Ralls didn’t have to work too hard on the bench, as his team built an 18-4 lead midway through the first quarter and never looked back. “We wanted to play hard, and we wanted to make sure that we had an idea where (Callie) Herman was,” Ralls said. “Because you saw, she was still getting points.
“But Emmalee got relaxed, and I don’t know if she even hit the rim tonight.”
Brie Grier added 11 points for the Panthers, who improved to 5-2. Herman led the Dragons, who slipped to 2-4, with 19 points.
West hosts South Rowan on Wednesday, while Ledford entertains Trinity on Wednesday.
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