The ingredients are a G.W. Carver secret, something girls basketball coach Michelle Simmons vows she’ll never reveal, but they helped the Wolverines land a win Friday.
Junior Tatyana Calhoun, two days after severely turning an ankle at the end of practice — an injury so severe Carver wasn’t sure Calhoun could even play — had a major role in some suffocating defense.
After the Wolverines’ 56-45 victory over Jeff Davis, Calhoun limped off for more treatment.
“We put a little home remedy on it, some of my secret ingredients, and it did a good job,” Simmons said. “It usually gets the swelling out of there, and a lot of the soreness, too.”
Calhoun blocked a career-high 11 shots and Carver (12-5, 2-2 Class 6A, Area 6) held the Vols to a measly 25 percent shooting.
JD (16-6, 3-2) went scoreless for the game’s first 3½ minutes and never led. Carver, up two late in the first quarter, scored 13 straight points.
During that run, Calhoun blocked four shots.
“We shut them down,” Calhoun said. “We played great defense, and that was our goal. Our No. 1 goal was to stop them from scoring.”
The Wolverines also stifled JD star Jasmine Walker. The sophomore took just three first-half shots and was scoreless at halftime. She finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
“That was by far the worst half of her career,” JD coach LaKenya Knight said. “We tell her all the time that she needs to be more aggressive. If you want to be a major Division I prospect, you have to be aggressive.
“She has to do something about that. If not, it’s just going to be wasted talent.”
Still, Jeff Davis threatened in the fourth quarter. Ahyiona Vason, who finished with 20 points, pulled the Vols within six midway through the period.
The Vols missed their next nine shots. Calhoun blocked three of them.
“She was going to work under that basket,” Carver guard Keyuana Thompson said. “We take pride in our defense, and we knew we had help behind us.”
Jazmyne Brown scored 14 points and Thompson 10 for the Wolverines. Calhoun added nine.
G.W. Carver boys 68,
Jeff Davis 59
Demetrius Houston’s 19 points and 11 rebounds led the Wolverines (14-3, 4-0) over the Volunteers (16-6, 2-3).
Brandon Austin scored 16 points and Harold Cardwell had 15 points and nine assists for Carver, which has beaten JD nine straight times. The Wolverines have won 23 straight vs. their three primary city rivals.
Shane Osborne finished with 19 points for the Vols. Desmond Deramus and Jarrald Sanders added 13 each.