Strong second quarter helps Charleston beat Holcomb 59-42 in first-round contest at LRC

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Holcomb’s Bailey Cupples dribbles next to Charleston’s Zakiya Ware Saturday in a first-round contest at the Lady Royals Classic at Twin Rivers High School in Broseley, Missouri.

BROSELEY, Mo. - The No. 8 seeded Charleston Bluejays outscored the No. 9 seeded Holcomb Hornets by double digits in the second quarter on its way to a 59-42 victory Saturday in a first-round contest at the 16-team Lady Royals Classic.

Holcomb and Charleston were tied at 14-all with about one minute left in the first quarter before Charleston scored 12 unanswered points to move ahead 26-14 with three minutes left in the first half and continued to lead 32-18 at halftime.

“That’s what we were looking for,” Charleston coach Dollette Hall said of spurt. “After the first quarter, I told them, “We’ve got to get after it and move the ball quicker and faster.’ They got after it the second quarter and we pulled ahead before halftime. Moving the ball and hustling is why we got ahead.”

Charleston junior Mistavia Murray and senior Ashanti Jones recorded multiple transition buckets during the spurt. Jones tallied six of her 25 points in the second quarter and Murray scored six of her 22 points in the second period.

“They double-teamed our ball-handler [Ashanti Jones],” Hall said. “After that, she did everything she could to get the ball and drive past the double team. Once she got past them she was gone and we had three or four players open down the floor.”

Holcomb enjoyed more success after halftime. The Hornets were only outscored by three points in the second half and got as close 10 points twice in the third quarter.

Bailey Cupples recorded four of her six 2-point field goals after halftime. The junior post player led the Hornets with 19 points.

“I was very happy with our effort in the second half,” Holcomb coach Alexa Stockton said. “We showed a lot of heart and grit. We played hard. We just didn’t finish shots or rebound with them. It’s hard to rebound with a team that athletic but I was very proud of our effort.”

Charleston (4-0) plays Neelyville in a quarterfinal Monday at 3 p.m.

Holcomb (5-3) plays Greenville (0-6) in a consolation quarterfinal Monday at 9 a.m.

No. 1 seeded Neelyville beat No. 16 seeded Greenville 73-23 in its first-round contest Saturday.

“Hopefully we can get a win Monday so we can just continue to keep playing in this tournament next week,” Stockton said.

No. 8 Charleston 59, No. 9 Holcomb 42

HHS 14 4 10 14 - 42

CHS 18 14 12 15 - 59

HOLCOMB (42) - Sarah Williams 7, Macy Houart 7, Allison Moody 1, Alyssa Brown 3, Bailey Cupples 19, Selena Burress 3, Hannah Burk 2. FG 13, FT 14/30, F 14. (3-pointers: Burress 1, Houart 1; Fouled out: None).

CHARLESTON (59) - Jorianna Mixon 2, Ashanti Jones 25, Danisha Jackson 8, Mistavia Murray 22, Dorinda Kent 2. FG 27, FT 5/17, F 24. (3-pointers: None; Fouled out: Jones).

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Charleston’s Ashanti Jones handles the ball Saturday in a first-round contest at the Lady Royals Classic at Twin Rivers High School in Broseley, Missouri.
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