By Mark Clark
Before last week’s contest with Smiths Station, Wright challenged her team to use the game to get better individually. She already felt the game was an easy victory in her players’ minds. She needed a way to keep them focused.
“I gave them a challenge. I told them not to go into the night thinking they had an easy game. I told them to work on themselves – to work on being more of a team. I told them to stay focused. I wanted them to work on getting better for when we play Auburn,” Wright said.
The Lady Red Devils are still behind schedule in Wright’s eyes when it comes to shooting free throws and avoiding turnovers. She thought she would have a competitive team this season since she only lost one starter from last season.
“I kind of felt we could be competitive. I just expected more from our forwards. If they play consistently, we can still win some games before the season is over,” Wright said.
Central is now 14-10 overall after defeating both Smiths Station, 81-13, and Northview 60-58 and losing to Sidney Lanier, 58-38.
Central started the week with its loss to Sidney Lanier. The Lady Poets went out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. At the half, Sidney Lanier led 28-14. At the end of the third quarter, Sidney Lanier led 40-23.
No Lady Red Devils scored in double figures for the game. Sierra Roberts led the Lady Red Devils with eight points. Alleya King had seven points while Eryn Johnson and Bree Horace both had six points for Central.
In the rout of Smiths Station, Central ran ahead for a 31-3 lead in the game’s first eight minutes. By halftime, Central led 54-8. After three quarters, Central led 74-11 at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was played with a running clock. AHSAA rules call for a running clock in the fourth quarter when one team leads by 30 points. Central led by more than double that number as the fourth quarter began. Central outscored Smiths Station 7-2 in the final quarter of play.
All 13 of Central’s players scored in the game against the Lady Panthers. King led the way with 11 points for the Lady Red Devils. Johnson and Jasmyn Burts each had 10 points for Central.
Central closed out the week with its win over Northview, 60-58.
The Lady Red Devils played Hardaway this past Tuesday after Citizen Press time. Central will be on the road at Auburn tomorrow night. The team will close out the regular season next week with games against Eufaula and Spencer.