It started out like anything but a classic for Scotlandville High. That was before a 20-0 third-quarter surge helped power Scotlandville to a 54-21 victory over Glen Oaks to open Wednesday’s action at Istrouma’s Inner City Classic.
“At halftime, I told them they needed to increase their intensity on defense and play with more court awareness,” Scotlandville Athletic Director Latoshia Clay said. “This is a young team and they still have a way to go. But for today, I’m pleased.”
With the victory, Scotlandville raised its record to 2-1. The Hornets lost their opener in the annual girls basketball tourney to Capitol on Monday and ousted Baker on Tuesday before posting Wednesday’s win.
KyRian Wallace finished with a game-high 17 points, while Kenya Dixon added 15 for Class 5A Scotlandville, a team with just one senior and playing without head coach Janice Charles, who is on medical leave until mid-December.
Going into the final of the round-robin tournament, Capitol and Broadmoor were the only unbeaten teams.
The inexperience of Class 4A Glen Oaks (0-3) showed.
The Panthers finished with more turnovers, 29, than points. Deja Young finished with 13 points to pace GOHS.
“They’re young,” GOHS coach Alicia Dedeaux said. “I’ve got a lot of freshmen and sophomores and most of them have never really played the game before. I’ve told them the best thing they can do without having all the fundamentals is give me heart and hustle. They’re doing that.”
The Hornets scored 11 of the first 13 points to claim a quick 11-2 lead. A jumper by Lanae Bickham sent Scotlandville into the second quarter with a 17-7 lead.
Glen Oaks fell behind by 11 early in the second quarter and then proceeded to cut into the Scotlandville lead. A 3-pointer by Young with 2:25 remaining in the half got the Panthers within six, at 19-13.
Wallace had two baskets down the stretch as Scotlandville pushed its lead back to 10 points, at 26-16, by halftime.
The third quarter belonged to the Hornets. Wallace and Dixon scored the first six points in the first 90 seconds to set the tone. Another basket by Wallace — this one with 1:49 to go — upped the Scotlandville lead to 44-16.
Glen Oaks didn’t score in the second half until Caruntai Harrell made two free throws with 54 seconds remaining in the third period.
Scotlandville took a 46-18 advantage into the final quarter and never looked back.
“My role is to fill in until Janice gets back,” Clay said. “So far, so good.”