Tessa Johnston led all scorers with 23 points, but it was her and sophomore guard Tia Cappuccio's three point barrage that helped the Lady Villains to a big 68-54 win over the visiting Dudley Panthers tonight in Kernersville! The duo combined for 10 makes from behind the arc!
The opening quarter was sloppy for both sides with turnovers and poor passes resulting in some uneven play. With forwards Julia Brown and Danielle Nieters saddled by foul trouble early, the Panthers looked to use their size early in the game as they took a 6-5 lead midway through the first quarter. Cappuccio though caught fire from the three point line, making four of them to help stake the Villains to an early lead.
The Panthers, led by seniors Makala Rouse and Kennedy Currie, would rally to tie the game at 23 in the second quarter before Johnston and Cappuccio combined to spark a 7-0 Villains run that put them out in front for good, closing the half in total with a 14-6 spurt. Tia finished the half as the leading scorer in the game with 17 points.
Out of the locker room though, it was Johnston who took the game over on the offensive end. The junior made a pair of three's in the third quarter along with a terrific left handed layup in traffic to push the lead out to double digits. After being saddled with the early foul trouble, Brown began to get in on the action as well, scoring eight of her 16 points in the third as the Lady Villains led by as many as 19.
The fourth quarter saw both teams get sloppy with the basketball, committing silly turnovers and then compounding them with fouls. As a result, the game turned into a bit of a mess and things got chippy, with two technical fouls being handed out to the Panthers resulting in free points for the Villains. Down the stretch the Villains converted on 12 straight attempts at the stripe to salt away the impressive win.
The team sits at 3-0 after the win and enters the conference fray on Friday night when they host the Vikings of North Stokes as part of a doubleheader. The girls will tip it off at 6:30, preceded by the 'Carolina Physical Therapy Specialist Countdown to Tipoff' at 6pm, here on BMHSAthletics.com!