The Haughton Lady Bucs, along with coach Jennifer Pesnell, were all smiles on Friday night as they left the locker room at Captain Shreve High School. Not only did they rebound from a tough loss on Tuesday against Southwood with a 67-40 win over the Lady Gators, they were getting treated to supper at Chili’s by a supportive parent.
“The girls are pretty excited,” Pesnell said.
Employing an oppressive, full-court press, Haughton built a huge first-half lead and coasted to the District 1-5A victory against Captain Shreve.
“We felt pretty comfortable in our 2-1-2 press and the girls did a good job with it today,” Pesnell said. “We were able to get some minutes for our bench and they did a good job too.”
The Lady Bucs (17-6, 1-1) harassed the Lady Gators into 20 turnovers in the first 16 minutes of action and converted them into a 27-point advantage. A young Shreve squad rarely got the ball past midcourt in the game, which resulted in easy buckets for the visitors.
Two minutes into the district contest, the Lady Gators led 5-4 on a bucket by Victoria Hart, but that would be their last advantage of the contest. Brittany Robinett, who cleaned up a number of buckets underneath, allowed the Lady Bucs to regain the lead for good moments later with a 5-footer.
“It was a good win for us going into the weekend,” Robinett said. “I like to go in for rebounds and put them back up. We planned on pressing them to get turnovers.”
Haughton closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run to lead 16-7, then poured it on in the second quarter. Although Shreve’s Paris Coleman converted the first bucket of the frame, the Lady Bucs answered with 12-0 run to push their lead to 28-9 midway through the second quarter. Shreve’s Aniah Jernigan stopped the run with a bucket underneath, but the Lady Gators would manage just a free throw for the remainder of the half.
First cousins Chelcy Swint and Robinett were too much for the Lady Gators to handle under the bucket. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will. Robinett, a senior, led all scorers with 25 points without scoring further away than 8-feet. She always seemed to be in the right position for a rebound.
Mattie McCoy was also outstanding for Haughton, scoring in the paint, as well as on short jumpers from mid-range, and finished with 20 points.
The Lady Bucs dropped the press in the second half, which allowed the Lady Gators to trim the turnovers significantly. Pesnell was able to empty her bench with her team in front 39-12 at halftime and 51-29 after three quarters.