Lady Wildcats stop two-game slide
by Donell Maxie
Jan 13, 2013 | 1045 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland High's Lauren Ashley Collins fights hard for a rebound during hoops action against the Humphreys County Cowgirls Friday in Cleveland. Collins was a force on the boards for Cleveland as she pulled down 10 rebounds and scored seven points in the 64-27 victory for Cleveland.
Cleveland High's Lauren Ashley Collins fights hard for a rebound during hoops action against the Humphreys County Cowgirls Friday in Cleveland. Collins was a force on the boards for Cleveland as she pulled down 10 rebounds and scored seven points in the 64-27 victory for Cleveland.
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The Cleveland High Lady Wildcats snapped a two game losing slide Saturday with a blow out win over the Humphreys County Cowgirls here at Margaret Wade Gymnasium.

Cleveland High put the pressure on Humphreys County from the opening tip and kept the pressure on for three quarters as they forced turnover after turnover on their way to a 64-27 victory.

With the win the Lady Wildcats improved to 12-8 overall with a 1-3 mark in Region 3-4A.

The Lady Wildcats jumped on the Cowgirls in the first quarter with a 17-0 run. Cleveland's defense held Humphreys' offense to just two points in the first quarter. The Cowgirls did not reach double-digit points until under 2:00 left in the second quarter.

Cleveland led Humphreys 44-10 at halftime.

"We really played well on defense tonight. We played hard and we played together. It was a total team effort tonight. If you are going to execute that run and jump defense everybody has to be on the same page otherwise you are going to look silly. We were on the same page tonight," said CHS Head Coach Jenny McCullough.

Defensively the Lady Wildcats racked up 24 steals with five blocks.

On the offensive end McCullough was pleased with the team's ability to share the basketball and shoot the ball, particularly from behind the three-point line.

"We shot it real well in the first half. I thought we really did a good job of moving the basketball and finding the open player," said McCullough.

The Lady Wildcats had 12 assists as a team and eight players scored four or more points in the game.

Chelsea Heffner led Cleveland with 13 points, six rebounds and five steals. Tonidra Blair finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks, McKinnon Skeen had nine points, Brittany Thigpen scored eight points and Lauren Ashley Collins finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

With the game under control the Lady Wildcats backed off the pressure in the fourth quarter and worked on zone defensive plays and half court offensive plays in preparation for Tuesday's showdown with Greenwood High.

The Lady Wildcats fell to Greenwood 46-32 the last time the two met, but McCullough feels the team has a good chance of getting a victory when they face the Lady Bulldogs this time.

"In that game we came out and played well in all the quarters except for one. We wanted to put together a four quarter game tonight as we get ready to face them Tuesday," said McCullough.

In the last game Cleveland trailed Greenwood 15-14 at halftime, but Greenwood outscored Cleveland 22-5 in the third quarter. Cleveland outscored Greenwood 13-9 in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.

Tuesday's game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off.