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Tigers pull away early in rout of Bulldogs

Stephanie King

PAC-7 girls basketball action made its way to Trinity on Friday as the Lady Bulldogs hosted the Lady Tigers of Randleman. Trinity entered the game 0-9 in conference play and 0-20 overall on the season. Randleman came in an 8-2 in league play and 11-8 overall. The Lady Tigers 8-2 conference mark puts them in sole possession of first place in the conference.

Randleman came out on fire and had one of, if not their best quarters of the season. The Tigers scored sixteen unanswered to take the early lead over the Bulldogs. Veronica Marlow put the Tigers on the board with a free throw before Taylor Gantt drained back to back threes. Hannah Hinshaw went to work down in the post to give the Tigers a 9-0 lead followed by a putback bucket from Emma Marlow. Taylor Deaton pushed the Tigers’ lead to fourteen with a three of her own. Hinshaw scored the final point of the Tigers early run.

Randleman moved the ball fluidly on offense and had no trouble finding an open shot. Their defense was just as stellar as they held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless until the 2:31 mark of the quarter. Bre Brown put the Bulldogs on the board with their only bucket of the quarter. Randleman closed out the quarter with a 7-0 lead. The Tigers went four for six from three in the quarter to take a 23-2 lead into the second quarter.

Trinity would be the first to score in the second quarter as she went one for two at the charity stripe. Graci Gibbs scored off an assist from Brown to cut the lead to eighteen for the Bulldogs. Randleman’s first point of the quarter would not come until the 5:34 mark when Gantt went one for two at the line. Hinshaw picked up three points the old fashioned way before knocking down another free throw moments later. The Bulldogs trimmed the lead to twenty-one after a pair of free throws from Alania Lanphar. Gantt capped off the quarter with a three from the corner for the Tigers as they took a 31-7 lead into the half.

Gantt continued her hot shooting from behind the arc as she opened the third quarter with a three to give the Tigers a 34-7 advantage. Emma Marlow added bucket before Brown scored on a drive for the Bulldogs. Randleman’s defense locked in after the bucket from Brown to hold the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the quarter. The Tigers closed the quarter with four straight threes from Gantt, Alecia Johnson, Chloe Hicks, and Emily Roach. After three-quarters of play, Randleman led 48-9.

Tori Kirkman put her name in the scoring column for the Bulldogs as she scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter. Hicks drained her second three of the night to put the Tigers in front 51-11. A pair of free throws and three points the old fashioned way from Brown gave the Bulldogs 16 points. Cayleigh Price went one for two at the line for her first points followed by a putback from Harley Davis. Randleman shot the ball exceptionally well, knocking down eleven threes. The Tigers put the Bulldogs away early for a 54-16 win.

Taylor Gantt led the Tigers with 16 points with all but one of her points coming from behind the three-point line. Hannah Hinshaw finished with 10, while Chole Hicks notched 6. Taylor Deaton added 5. For the Bulldogs, Bre Brown led the way with 10, while Tori Kirkman, Alania Lanphar, and Graci Gibbs each netted 2.

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