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White Plains girls puts four scorers in double figures to take down Sacred Heart in County Tournament

Sacred Heart freshman Myiah Harris (23) gets out on the break in front of the pursuit of White Plains’ Chasity Nelson (14), Jordan Sabree (11) and Ary Rosario. (Photos by Kristen Stringer/KrispPics Photography)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE — Everyone in the county knows the White Plains girls run through Shelby Wood. If the Lady Wildcats can get any kind of bump from the others in the box score chances are good for a win.

Wood had her usual strong game Monday and was among four White Plains scorers in double figures as the Lady Wildcats beat Sacred Heart 61-51 in the first game of Day Two at the Calhoun County Basketball Tournament.

White Plains (12-8) now plays fourth-seeded Piedmont Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Wood scored 14 points. While the Lady Cardinals concentrated on her, especially in the second half as they tried to rally, it opened opportunities for Grey Young (11), Jocelyn Harris (10) and Jordan Sabree (13).

“It just helps the team out, just helps us win, just makes us do what we do,” Harris said. “Today we all showed out. We just finished.”

There have been 10 times in their 20 games the Lady Wildcats have gotten multiple double-figure scorers; they are 7-3 in those games. They Wildcats are 2-0 when they get at least three scorers in double figures, 4-0 when they get two scorers in double figures not named Wood.

“It’s just been a testament for our season,” White Plains coach Joi Watts said. “In our gym we try to encourage everyone that any given night it can be anybody’s ballgame, and good for us if all 10 show up and all 10 can score and contribute. That’s huge for us because then it takes a lot of pressure off of Shelby.”

All the players available to White Plains on Monday scored. The Lady Wildcats’ reserves scored 30 points. Sacred Heart got all its points from the starters. The Lady Wildcats also dominated the glass.

“They’ve been bringing it in practice the past couple weeks,” Watts said of the reserves. “We tell them if you’re going do your job in practice, you’re going to get to do it in a game; that’s just us keeping our word.

“They’ve been showing up basically the last two games. It’s a testament for us moving forward. That’s what were going to need. It can’t be just one person, one or two people doing it. We need everybody.”

White Plains took control of the game with an 11-2 run that spanned the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Five different players scored in the run.

Sacred Heart used a flurry at the end of the third quarter to get within 46-40, then Harris opened the fourth with a three-point play and another basket to turn back the rally.

“The last two games Joc has really contributed great,” Watts said.

Ayanna Foster led the Lady Cardinals with 20 points. Myiah Harris had 17 points and seventh-grader Amarie Curry nine.

White Plains 61, Sacred Heart 51
Abbie Vingers 2 1-2 5, Ayanna Foster 9 2-5 20, Angel Nguyen 2 1-2 5, Jacque Beyerle 0 0-0 0, Andrea Torres 0 0-0 0, Myiah Harris 5 5-8 17, Amarie Curry 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 9-17 51.

WHITE PLAINS (12-8) – Hanna Dyar 0 1-2 1, Hannah Barno 1 0-0 3, Jordan Sabree 5 3-3 13, Landry Bussey 1 0-0 2, Chasity Nelson 2 0-0 5, Ary Rosario 1 0-1 2, Grey Young 4 0-0 11, Shelby Wood 6 2-3 14, Jocelyn Harris 4 2-3 10. Totals 24 8-12 61.

Sacred Heart 12 13 15 11 — 51
White Plains 16 19 21 15 — 61

3-point goals: Sacred Heart 2 (Harris); White Plains 5 (Barno, Nelson, Young 3). Technical fouls: White Plains bench. Total fouls: Sacred Heart 13, White Plains 18. Officials: Madsen, Simmons, Holston.

On the cover: Shelby Wood brings the ball up the court for White Plains. To enjoy more Kristen Stringer pictures from the Calhoun County Tournament, visit www.krisppicsphotography.photoreflect.com

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