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Central-Phenix City Girls Beat Opelika for Area 7 Title
|Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
Central-Phenix City used a 12-2 run in the middle of the third quarter
to create some breathing room against an aggressive Opelika team Saturday
before hitting free throws down the stretch to secure a 57-48 victory and
a third consecutive 6A Area 7 championship title.
Part of that difficulty was the defensive pressure Opelika put on
Central’s leading scorer B’Kiya Webb. Webb had six points in the first
half but the inability of her teammates to make plays from Webb’s passes
bothered Wright a bit.
her husband. “We’ve got to penetrate and take them to the glass. We
learned that we don’t have to pick up our dribble just because there is a
defender. We made those adjustments and we found the open man and we hit
Yasmine Thomas, who hit six free throws in the fourth quarter to help
preserve the win, and Erika Lane each hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter
that seemed to take some of the steam out of Opelika.
|from it,” Wright said about Howard.
“Twenty-three (Howard’s number) looks like a player that just can’t get
the job done, but she can. We had to make a conscious effort to find her.
I had to call a timeout and tell them that 23 is killing you because you
don’t know where she is all the time. Once we made that adjustment it
changed their offense and they |
The victory was the 30th win this season for Central, a surprise for Wright. “I didn’t know we were going to win 30,” Wright said, acknowledging the loss of two Division I post players from last season. “I also didn’t know we were going to beat teams by 25 and 30 points the way we did all season long. I knew we would be competitive, and I knew teams weren’t going to beat us by 30 points like we did last year.”
Webb was joined on the all-tournament team by Howard and Gabby Clifton from Opelika. Sierra Booker from Smiths Station, Auburn’s Brittney Strozer and Central teammates Thomas and Jimechia Banks also made the team. Joining Webb on the all-tournament team from Central were Yasmine Thomas and Jimechia Banks.
They will host the loser of Monday’s Enterprise-Northview game on Thursday.
Opelika 11 9 5 23--48
Central 16 7 18 16 – 57
Bethany Howard 17, Gabby Clifton 9, Garner 9, Savage 5, Callaway 1, Adams 3, Chatman 1, Williams
Watkins 4, Banks 3, B’Kiya Webb 15, Yasmine Thomas 14, Glance 1, Lane 8, Shanks 3, Beasley 9
Team records: Central 30-1, Opelika 23-5. Next game: TBD for both.