The Evans Lady Knights haven’t lost two games in a row this year and they weren’t about to let that happen Friday night.
After losing their region opener to Greenbrier on Tuesday, the Lady Knights (10-3, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) got back into the win column with a 48-32 win over Lakeside.
“We stayed poised tonight,” said Lady Knights’ head coach Ryan Morningstar. ”The last couple of games we don’t hit our open shots and we panic a little and get out of rhythm...Once one or two started falling, then three or four started falling, everybody put their foot on the gas pedal and we went with it.”
The Lady Knights led from the onset and it was the Jasmine Stone show in the early stages. Her 3-pointer gave the Lady Knights a 3-0 lead at the six-minute mark of the first quarter and she scored 12 of the team’s 14 first-quarter points. She would finish the game with three 3-pointers and a game-high 21 points while sitting out most of the fourth quarter.
While Stone scored the majority of the team’s points, the Lady Knights all played a role.
“Everyone contributed tonight, we’re battling a couple of injuries here and there,” said Morningstar. “The girls are playing through pain so I’m proud of them.”
Elyssa Melton, playing with a cornea abrasion didn’t seem to be affected by it, scoring six points, hauling in five offensive rebounds, dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.
Defensively, the Lady Knights made things rough for the Lady Panthers (3-11, 0-2) causing nine first-quarter turnovers and 19 for the game.
The young Lady Panthers, who have just three seniors, showed spark late, which head coach Drew Shelton would like to see more of.
“We did it for 14 minutes. we’ve got to do those things for 32 minutes,” said Shelton of rebounding, taking care of the ball and aggressiveness. “We had some shots we didn’t hit in the first half and we turned the ball over too much much in the first half. Some of that was us, some of that was them.”
Amber Tally led the Lady Panthers with 10 points while Jaylan Jones added nine.