Zachary girls basketball posted four double-digit scoring quarters as the Broncos cruised to a 66-45 over Scotlandville in District 4-5A play Tuesday night.
With the win at Scotlandville, Zachary (17-8), which scored its third-highest point total of the season, avenged a Dec. 12 loss to the Hornets and moved to 3-0 in district.
Point guard Rayah Haynes paced the Broncos with 17 points, scoring 14 in the second half. Bryanna Langford added 16 points while Tamia Veal contributed 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Each Zachary starter registered points by the end of the first half, compared to only two Hornets. The Broncos also outscored Scotlandville in each quarter. Zachary coach Michael Stephens attributed the team’s performance to consistent communication.
“All five of my starters played well. We did well on them (Scotlandville) defensively,” Stephens said. “Our man-to-man defense slowed them down. Our penetration and dump passes to our bigs were real good and our bigs finished.”
Jamecia Profit, Aleah Haynes and Mya McDaniels added nine, seven and two points.
Scotlandville (12-11, 1-2) showed no resemblance to the team that held Zachary to 39 points earlier in the season.
The Hornets pulled within two points of the Broncos in the third quarter, but Zachary pulled away after.
“We got down early, shots weren’t falling, and we couldn’t do anything defensively tonight,” Scotlandville coach Nikki Walker said. “A team like Zachary that we beat earlier, they made adjustments and we weren’t able to recover.
Zachary raced to a 13-7 to end the first quarter with Veal and Langford combining for 10 points. Justice Coleman scored all seven Scotlandville points in the period.
Taylor Holiday scored eight points for the Hornets in the second period, but Zachary countered with points from its group including two two clutch free throws from McDaniels to end the half.
Scotlandville came alive in the third quarter scoring 15 points just before Zachary’s 11-0 run. Narquisa Dodson and Karlena Keller contributed five points apiece and two rebounds and an assist. But the quarter was all Rayah, who exploded for 10 points to give Zachary a 43-32 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Rayah, Veal and McDaniel contributed 16 points in the final period to seal the game.
“Man, it was just a team effort. We came in, we wanted this district title and we need to continue,” Rayah said of her team’s performance.
“I need to work on my shots a little bit more for the next game. I will get it.”