Claudia Smith’s first 3-pointer was wiped off the scoreboard but that didn’t faze her.
The junior forward scored 31 points to single-handedly outscore Clinton County (Ky.) as Central Magnet defeated the vistors 65-20 in the first round of Cms’ Christmas tournament Thursday night.
On the Lady Tigers’ first possession after the tip, Smith drilled a 3-pointer but the scoreboard clock wasn’t operating correctly so the horn blew and the refs blew their whistles to stop play just as the shot swished through the net.
After the problem was corrected, the Lady Tigers inbounded the ball on the sidelines, got it back to Smith and she repeated the entire process. She stepped up, took another three, and again it swished through the net.
That one counted, and it was the first of 5 for Smith, on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the 3-point line for the game.
“We go where she goes,” said Central coach Steve Willey. “When she’s on, we’re going to have a really good night. She deserves everything she gets, because she’s in here at 6:30 every morning, before school.
“We shot the ball well.”
Smith also connected on 10-of-12 free throws for Central, driving to the basket and drawing fouls consistently.
The Lady Tigers established control of the game with strong defense. Clinton County committed 20 first-half turnovers against Central’s strong defense.
“We got into the passing lanes and got some turnovers,” said Willey. “That helped us get our offense started.”
Smith scored the first seven points of the game for CMS to give the Lady Tigers a 7-2 early lead. Central extended the lead to 18-4 at the end of the first quarter, with an 11-2 run.
Then the Lady Tigers (7-2) outscored Clinton County 13-2 to push the lead to 31-6.
Central extended its lead to more than 35 points by the end of the third quarter, 61-16. The clock ran continuously from that points forward.
The visiting Lady Dragons only had eight players dressed out for the game and one of their starters, Madie Embleton, limped off the court midway through the first half after scoring four early points. She had an ice pack on her knee for the rest of the game.
Central will play Hume-Fogg today in the second round of the tournament. Hume-Fogg defeated Stewarts Creek 57-54 in the first round.
Hume-Fogg 76, Central Magnet boys 48: Hume-Fogg scored the first 13 points of the game and never trailed.
The Knights led 31-8 midway through the second quarter and kept the 25-point lead throughout the second half.
Jeremiah Petty led the Tigers with 17.
Joey Skibbie had 32 to lead the Knights, which improved to 6-4.
Central Magnet girls 65, Clinton County 20
Clinton Co. 4 6 6 4 –20
Central Magnet 18 23 20 4 –65
Clinton Co. Embleton 4, Love 4, Casudis 4, Whitt 4, Wandell 4.
Central Magnet C. Smith 31, Kile 7, Brown 6, White 6, Carver 3, Baird 3, S. Smith 3, Fielder 2, Faulk 2, Sullivan 1, Kelly 1.3-point: Clinton Co. 0, Central Magnet 6 (C. Smith 5, Kile 1).
Hume-Fogg 76, Central Magnet boys 48
Hume-Fogg 27 19 17 13 –76
Central Magnet 8 12 15 13 –48
Hume-Fogg Joey Skibbie 32, Damarcus Williams 19, Dickerson 5, Fleming 4, Lewis 4, Hotover 3, Davis 2, Rucker 2, Sawyer 2, Craft 2, Travoglini 1.
Central Magnet Jeremiah Petty 17, Reynolds 6, McCrary 6, Connor 5, Fouts 4, Patrick 3, Duffield 3, Murray 2, McGowan 2.