Needing a win, Pineville turned to its key players to lead the way.
The Lady Rebels seized control early and coasted to a 76-36 victory over Peabody Tuesday at the Emerald Palace.
“We came in Wednesday, Sunday and Monday and really put in some good work,” Pineville coach Tiffany Edmundson said. “We had to shift some things and make some changes offensively and defensively. I thought the girls put in the work and I was proud to see them show up tonight.”
Senior guard Danyale Bayonne scored 28 points, while junior center Krystal Freeman added 20 as the Lady Warhorses had trouble containing the inside-outside game of the All-Cenla duo.
“That’s what’s expected of them every night,” Edmundson said. “They make their teammates better and those high expectations sometimes are hard for them to have game in and game out. But this is how they should perform.”
Pineville (1-3) led 35-19 at the half, but was able to expand that advantage by scoring 27 points and knocking down five 3-pointers in the third quarter. Bayonne was responsible for most of the scoring with 14 points in the quarter.
With the game out of reach in the fourth, the Lady Rebels attacked the post as Freeman added six points before the Lady Rebel bench finished the rest of the games.
Peabody (1-6) attempted to stay in the game with its 3-point shooting in the second quarter, but it went cold the rest of the way.
Junior post player A’Zia Reed was the lone consistent factor for the Lady ‘Horses, scoring 14 points, while senior shooting guard Shanekra Laneheart had eight.
Pineville will face Byrd in Shreveport Friday, while Peabody travels to Lake Charles for the St. Louis Catholic tournament.
“Aggressiveness on the offensive and defensive end (will help us stay afloat),” Edmundson said. “We’re really working hard on making sure that they have determination in whatever we’re doing. Our motto is ‘just take one quarter at a time’ and I think we’ll get the results that we should be getting.”
In the boys game, the Rebels stayed close to the Warhorses for three quarters, but a fourth quarter surge gave Peabody a 79-51 win.