Spartans smother West girls

It’s doubtful any dry cleaner could press as good as the Central Davidson girls basketball team.

Paige Chavis scored 19 points and the Spartans used their devastating 1-3-1 zone press to pummel West Davidson 56-20 on Tuesday to remain atop the Central Carolina Conference standings.

“We’re pretty good at it, aren’t we?” said Central coach Kevin Hudson.

It was the second blowout in two nights for the Spartans, who wrecked Lexington with the press on Monday and repeated it against West on Tuesday. Virtually every West possession was a major challenge.

“We’re playing really well right now, defensively,” Hudson said. “Offensively, I’d like to see us a little more patient.”

Skylar Briggs added 15 points for the Spartans, who improved to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

The Dragons, 3-13 overall and 0-3 in the CCC, were able to slow the tempo and only trailed 12-8 in the first minute of the second quarter when Emily Hutchinson scored in the paint.

But the pressure began to exact its toll as the Spartans strung together a 13-2 run, putting the game out of reach before the half was over.

“We turned the ball over quite a bit,” said West coach David Klinkoski. “We were patient at times but when we weren’t they created turnovers. You’ve got to give them credit for being aggressive.”

West visits East Davidson on Wednesday while Central visits Thomasville on Friday.

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