Middlesboro’s offense came out strong in the first quarter against an overmatched Thomas Walker team. The Lady Jackets tallied 22 points in the opening frame en route to a 69-27 victory over the Lady Pioneers.
The win marked Middlesboro’s second straight victory on the year. On Saturday, the team defeated Red Bird in a similar fashion.
“The first three games for us, we played Lynn Camp and then we played Harlan and Harlan County. We played two of the top three teams in the region,” said Middlesboro coach Ron Edwards. “It prepared us for a game like tonight. We needed it.”
“We started executing. The girls started to understand what we want them to do offensively and defensively. They’re starting to buy into the system.”
Baylie Brunsma and Jane Millett led the team offensively with a combine 27 points. Brunsma scored 14 points in three quarters of play. Millett tallied 13 points.
Baylee Woody and Hannah Warren finished the game with nine points apiece. Jamayha Poe scored eight points off the bench.
“We don’t care who scores as long as we score,” said Edwards about the team’s balanced offensive attack. “If you drive and dish, somebody is going to be open. Hannah started to knock down some shots, Baylie started knocking down some shots and we started to get some inside play.”
Kalli Marcum paced the Pioneer offense with 13 points while picking up six from the charity stripe. Bella Schwartz scored six points throughout the game.
Middlesboro held a 22-8 lead heading into the second quarter. The Lady Jackets built a 30-11 lead following a jumper from Warren.
Middlesboro built a 35-11 lead before the Lady Pioneers scored a basket to narrow the lead to 35-13. Back-to-back points from Mayes and Marcum cut the lead to 35-17.
Woody finished the second with a 3-pointer to increase the lead to 38-17.
The Lady Jackets continued the onslaught in the third period. After trading baskets to open the half, Middlesboro went on a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 47-19. The run was capped off by a Woody layup on a fast break.
Schwartz hit a jumper to cut the lead to 47-21, but the Lady Jackets finished the quarter on a 6-2 run that ballooned the lead to 53-23 heading in the final quarter.
Middlesboro outscored Thomas Walker 16-4 in the final frame to secure the 42-point victory.
Middlesboro (2-3) hosts Knox Central (1-4) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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