SPARTA — As the East Wilkes Lady Cardinals traveled through the snow and through the mountains Tuesday night, they did not need any trickery, or Trojan Horse as they took on Alleghany. Rather, it was their attack outside the perimeter which proved key to a much-needed victory.
Behind the relentless power of the 3-pointer, the Lady Cardinals (7-4, 5-0 MVAC) took down the Alleghany Trojans Tuesday night in a 56-36 win. It didn’t look pretty at times as the Trojans proved to be tough, but the aerial attack was too much for the Trojans to handle.
“I think they’re very comfortable with shooting the three ball and I’m very comfortable, for the most part, with us doing that,” Head Coach Matt Campbell said. “I think we’ve got some good rebounders and we’ve got some good shooters. Any given night it could be four or five different girls shooting threes well from outside.”
Senior Chelsea Edwards was the top scorer of the night, and the main reason was because she was practically automatic from 3-point range. In the first half, Edwards sank three straight 3-pointers she attempted, and one-upped that in the second half, sinking four straight. Edwards finished with 32 points. She wasn’t the only one joining in on the scoring frenzy, as Lauren Johnson had nine points and Alexis Pardue had six.
“It helps to have different options, I think that’s the tough thing for other teams, where do you go? You key on one [player] and I just hope that they all will step up in key moments,” Campbell said.
The team looked like it was well on its way to a win midway through the third, but there’s a reason teams play a full 32 minutes. Alleghany began to pull close, and with 6:00 remaining, it trailed only by six. However, it was Edwards who hit three out her four straight attempts from three-point range shortly thereafter. From there, momentum was on the Cardinals’ side as they pulled away.
However, looking back at what went wrong and working to correct it is a must as they’re set to play their toughest game of the season thus far Friday night. They host the undefeated Lady Elks of Elkin (14-0, 5-0 MVAC).
“We scored I think three points in that quarter collectively, and you can’t play a high school varsity basketball game and expect to compete only scoring three points. It seemed like there at the end, we were fortunate enough to find a few open threes and knock them down, and that’s basically the difference,” Campbell said.
The winner of Friday night’s game will take the lead in the conference, and it promises to be an exciting match. Both teams stack up closely in terms of their depth. No matter what, the gym in Ronda deserves to be packed Friday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.