Laney girls reach 7-0 in massive rout
Wed. December 19, 2012 at 10:41 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent | firstname.lastname@example.org
Laney's Bailey Edwards (22) soars to the net over Southwest Onslow's Taylor Marley (10) at home Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Mike Spencer)
With a 57-12 route of visiting Southwest Onslow Wednesday night, the Laney girls basketball is off to a 7-0 start.
But a series of runaway wins has the team and coach Sherri Tynes looking for a test with a higher degree of difficulty. That athletic midterm exam might finally come in the form of next week's Leon Brogden Holiday Classic.
"I think we'll see that, starting next week," Tynes said. "I think these days are over. From here on out we're going to have to bring our A game.
"We're going to have to execute and we're going to have to do the fundamentally correct things in order to be successful."
Brianna Baham paced Laney Wednesday night with 16 points.
The Buccaneers' defense was too much for the Stallions from the outset, primarily through a press in the half court area.
"We get after it on defense and we do several different things," Tynes said. "They struggled against our pressure. And we were able to get some easy layups there early and it kind of got us going."
Laney led 38-3 at the half and Tynes used a host of players over the course of the game, something Tynes has been able to do often early in the season. Twelve Buccaneers scored in the runaway victory.
"We"re trying a lot of different combinations," she said. "Really trying to work on our execution, regardless of what's happening around us.
"Our depth has improved because they've been able to get in some game time."
BOYS: SW ONSLOW 67, LANEY 60
The Stallions held off a late comeback bid by the Buccaneers, in a fourth period where the teams combined for 43 points.
Malique Judd and Jonathan Williams paced Southwest Onslow with 15 and 13 points respectively. Laney got 14 points from Tariq Lane and 11 from Tevin Jones.
"We're just going to keep grinding and keep working on the defensive end," Laney coach Nathan Faulk said."But teams with speed are giving us problems.
"We shoot the ball good and we have good spacing. We've just got to get the defensive stops. We want to defend the ball better than what we're doing."
The Buccaneers stayed in the game by draining eight 3-pointers, including three by Nick Parker in the final quarter.
The Stallions (6-1) led 37-36 midway through the third quarter but extended their advantage to 52-39 early in the fourth. Laney (3-4) closed the gap to 59-53 on Lane's 3-point play with just under two minutes remaining.