LAURINBURG — Scotland used a monstrous third quarter to defeat Red Springs 71-44 Tuesday, picking up the first victory of the season.
The Scots improved to 1-1 after scoring 27 points in the third quarter. That was one more point than they had in the entire first half. The Red Springs Devils led 27-26 at the break, but then Scotland started playing the way coach Janie Hodges wanted them to.
“Going into halftime I told them we’ve got to do a better job. We didn’t stick to the game plan the first two quarters but the last two quarters we did what we were supposed to do and it showed by the scoreboard,” Hodges said. “If we can finish games the way we played the third and fourth quarter, we’ll be fine for the rest of the season.”
Red Springs only scored six points in the third quarter, as Scotland pulled away for the win.
The Scots were helped out offensively by two players who put up big numbers on the Devils. Ashlyn Dial and Destiny Campbell scored 20 points each. Campbell, who made 50 percent of her shots, also earned a double-double with 14 rebounds. Dial made 8-of-12 shots from the floor. Scotland shot 40 percent as a team.
Hodges said it was a much better team effort than the opening game against Seventy-First last week.
“We ran our offense and played good defense at times. I think they believe in the game plan, and coming out in the second half it all clicked and we came out victorious at the end. We played as a team and not as individuals and that’s what I’ve been pushing for since the beginning of the season,” Hodges said.
Point guard ShanQaylia Stanton also had a good game, as she scored nine points and assisted on six buckets. Quintina Everette also scored nine points, and made 2-of-3 shots from behind the three-point line.
The Scots kept the Devils sprinting all night, as Stanton would quickly get the ball out and down the court to her teammates. Hodges said she likes her teams to play the up-tempo style to help wear down the other team.
“I love to get up and down the floor, especially when you have the team that can do it. When we sit back in the zone we get lazy so whenever we can beat someone in transition we’re going to do it,” Hodges said. “It keeps us on our toes and definitely keeps opposing teams on their toes.”
JV girls win on road
The junior varsity girls team won 48-32 over Red Springs Tuesday. Eriel McDuffie led all scores with 18 points.
Breanna Terry and Makenna Byrd also reached double digits with 10 points each. The team is now 1-1.