By the end of the third quarter, his mood had improved dramatically.
Science Hill struggled to get separation from David Crockett in the first half, but struck the Lady Pioneers hard and heavy out of the break and rolled to a 75-39 win in a Big Seven Conference basketball game at Crockett’s gym Tuesday night.
“Crockett did a great job in the first half,” said Whaley, Science Hill’s head coach. “I just told our kids we just have to be ourselves. We weren’t ourselves in the first half.”
Science Hill (16-2 overall) improved to 4-1 in league play. The Lady Pioneers fell to 2-3, 7-9.
THIRTY-ONE TO FIVE
Science Hill started running away in the third quarter and Crockett couldn’t keep pace. A four-point halftime lead at 32-28 changed to 63-33 over the next eight minutes.
“In the second half we played really good man-to-man defense, and we just locked them down,” said Whaley. “And we moved the ball. We didn’t move the ball very well in the first half.”
Erin Egerbrecht said Crockett deserved some props for playing tough in the first two quarters.
“They did come out and hit us in the mouth a little bit,” said Egerbrecht. “They came out better than we expected them to, but it made us play better. We came back and played how we wanted to play in the second half.”
Egerbrecht and teammate Jeila Greenlee each drained four treys, and both players finished with 18 points. Greenlee said the third-quarter blowout was a combination of things.
“We shot super good,” she said. “And we passed really well. And everybody shared the ball.”
Symantha Fugate battled her way to 14 points to complement Egerbrecht and Greenlee. Alasia Smith was also in the double-digit mix with 11 points.
For David Crockett, Emma Gouge had an impressive first half and finished with 11 points. Teammate Mackenzie Baldwin added 10 points.