LAURINBURG — Point guard ShanQaylia Stanton led the Scots all over the court, as she made an impact on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in the 75-33 victory.
Stanton finished as the leading scorer for Scotland with 22 points, while adding 10 assists for the double-double. She also came up with five steals. The freshman said she approaches every game with a focus on assists, but everything was clicking on Monday.
“The only thing I always try to do is get assists, and then the points started rolling in,” Stanton said.
The Scots used fast breaks to score the majority of their points and keep the Swett players running. A Scotland guard would often dribble the ball up the court before lobbing a pass over the defense to a waiting teammate. But several times the defense was not able to get back before Stanton was already down the court and looking for her next move.
“They didn’t really have a good ball handler so we came out and just played our defense and got some easy steals,” Stanton said.
Many of her assists came to fellow guard Ashlyn Dial, who finished with 18 points and five steals. She was the second-leading scorer for the Scots. Stanton said she glances behind her when she’s on a breakaway to see if Dial is there. If she is, it’s a pass. If not, Stanton puts up the shot herself. Both options were working against Swett.
The game was a blowout early, as the Scots were up 50-16 at halftime. The contest was the first since the Scots beat Hoke by six points on Friday. Scotland coach Janie Hodges said she was disappointed that her team did not close out the game against the Bucks on Friday.
But the Scots did not have that problem against Swett.
“I think they played well. They listened and we finished a game. We played four quarters of basketball which was something that we didn’t do last game, so moving forward I think we’re back focused and on target and on task,” Hodges said.
Scotland shot 57 percent from the field as a team. Destiny Campbell added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven steals for the Scots, who improve to 10-7 overall and 8-0 in the Southeastern Conference with the win. Swett is 5-13 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.
Hodges took off most of the starters during the third quarter, and let the backup players take the court for the majority of the fourth. She said it was good that they got playing time.
“They work hard in practice just as much as the starting five so we love to get them in. They executed really well and got in there and rebounded,” Hodges said. “It was a great team effort and it was fun to see the smiles on their faces and have the starters cheering them up.”
The Scots travel to Richmond on Friday for a 6 p.m. tip. They return home on Saturday to face Lumberton at 4 p.m. That game was slated for tonight but was moved because of the weather.