New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 21, 2018

Lady Trojans turn back West Point in convincing 54-22 win

By Robb Johnson | December 21, 2017 1:58 am
New Kent's Emma Bell (12) races against West Point's Lauren South (10) and Amber Lee (20) for possession of the loose ball.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent's Emma Bell (12) races against West Point's Lauren South (10) and Amber Lee (20) for possession of the loose ball.

Robb Johnson photo

New Kent Lady Trojans didn’t have many bright spots last year, but one of them was sweeping West Point’s Lady Pointers last year. That streak continued Dec. 20.

The hosts Lady Trojans held West Point to 13 points in the final three quarters as they cruised to a 54-22 victory heading into the holiday break.

New Kent started the contest positively with back-to-back opening baskets by Madison Foley. A Brynne Jones lay-in pushed the hosts advantage to 6-0 early lead.

But the hosts couldn’t keep West Point free throw line. The Lady Pointers visited the line seven times in the first quarter, sinking three of them. A three-pointer by the visitors’ Savannah Staples quickly cut New Kent’s lead to one (7-6). New Kent mounted a small run, but another Staples trifecta left the hosts with a two-point advantage (11-9) heading into the next quarter.

But Lady Trojan head coach Neko Burson sent a message to his team during the brief break between the frames.

“I had to challenge everyone on the bench,” he commented. “There have been too many games that our intensity had tailed off.”

That message was well received. Utilizing a better defensive ploy of using a box-and-one on Staples, New Kent outscored the guests 43-13 in the next three quarters.

Burson said he was pleased with the team’s intensity and effort after his pep talk.

“This is a rivalry game and we did not want to mess around,” the victorious coach commented. “I credit my team for stepping up and taking the challenge.

“We have lost a lot of games that we should have won this year,” Burson continued. “We can’t stop playing hard no matter what the score says.”

Foley scored a team high 14 points for New Kent, who improves their record to 3-6. Peyton Slater and Jones also finished in double figures with 12 apiece, Haley Hyndshaw contributed six, Kayla Tirrado and Emma Bell each added four, and Jada Hooker chipped in with two.

Staples accounted for 12 points for the Lady Pointers, with all of them coming from three-point baskets.