South girls fend off West
South Caldwell’s girls’ basketball team grew up a little bit in a week’s time.
Just seven days after a 20-point loss to rival West Caldwell in their season opener, the Spartans bounced back and returned the favor Tuesday, taking a 49-37 victory over the Lady Warriors.
South Caldwell never trailed in evening its record at 1-1 for the season.
“I thought this was a big step for us tonight,” South head coach Jeff Parham said. “We’re taking one step at a time. We’ve got a good group of young ladies who are willing to work. They needed this tonight.”
Anna Lee Bollinger broke loose with a game-high 19 points – 10 in the final period when South held off a brief flurry by the Warriors. She had eight of South’s last nine points.
Lindsey Potter also had a solid all-around game, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot while playing all 32 minutes.
“Anna Lee did a good job for us and had some big baskets when we needed them,” Parham said. “I thought Lindsey played a steady game all night and did the little things for us.”
Courtney Wood chipped in with a double-double, grabbing 14 rebounds to go with her 11 points.
But a deciding factor was the defense of guard Blake Gosnell. She had the task of slowing Brittany Dixon, who had 31 points when the teams met last week and came in averaging 21.5 in two games. Gosnell hounded Dixon into a poor shooting night, a trend that carried over to the entire West team, which hit just 27 percent of its shots from the floor. When Gosnell was not frustrating Dixon, it was Bollinger on a switch or Caleigh Raby coming off the bench to spell either of her teammates.
Dixon finished with a team-high 12 points, but 10 of those came in the last six minutes after the Spartans had built a 40-21 advantage.
West also played without second leading scorer Daryan Dixon-Dula, who averages 17.5 points, and was not on the Warriors’ bench. With Dixon slowed by Gosnell and South’s defensive effort, the Warriors did not have another consistent scoring threat, especially when post player Lexus Corpening got into early foul trouble.
“The defense we played was so much better tonight,” Parham said. “It was a good team effort. I though Blake did a good job on (Dixon), and we helped out well. This was just a good team win for this young bunch.”
Corpening, Haley Greene and Destiny Marley all had six points for West, now 2-1.
In the junior varsity game, South held on for a 36-35 win. Lea Trudell had 12 points to lead the Spartans, with Hannah Korobekyo adding eight points and eight rebounds. Shamiracle Bridges led West with 19 points, and Erin Davis chipped in nine.
The Warriors play at Hibriten Friday, while the Spartans are home against East Burke.
South Caldwell 49, West Caldwell 37
West Caldwell^5^8^7^17 – 37
South Caldwell^10^15^9^15 – 49
WEST CALDWELL (37): Brittany Dixon 12, Corpening 6, Green 6, Marley 6, Bowman 3, Schroer 2, Webb 2, Moore 0, Soots 0.
SOUTH CALDWELL (49): Anna Lee Bollinger 19, Lindsey Potter 13, Courtney Wood 11, Everhart 4, Friel 2, Gosnell 0, Raby 0, Wohala 0.