Lady Chargers return to winning ways

Published 1:04 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Titus Mohler

The K-V Dispatch

The Central High School varsity girls basketball team ended its longest losing streak of the 2016-17 season Monday when it sent William Campbell High School home with a 53-41 loss.

Entering the game, the Lady Chargers had lost their last four contests after previously losing only two in a row.

“I feel great about getting back on the right track,” Central Head Coach Scott Wilson said. “As a team, we were disappointed about the losing streak that we had, but the girls worked hard to pull things together, and they probably played their best game of the season last night against William Campbell.”

The Lady Chargers are now 2-0 against William Campbell this season, having defeated the Lady Generals 59-51 on the road Dec. 14. But Monday’s win provided a contrast.

“It was a very convincing win last night,” Wilson said. “We were up as much as 25 in that game, and the first time we played, it was a close battle.”

On Monday, Central jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and held a 25-13 lead at halftime. The third quarter proved to be a momentous one for the Lady Chargers, particularly in the last two-and-a-half minutes.

“We just went on a streak of scoring about eight to 10 points and really put the game away,” Wilson said. “And that’s one thing that we have not done. We get that lead in the first quarter, and then we kind of let teams stick around, and that third quarter was definitely the best quarter I think we’ve played all season.”

The Lady Chargers outscored William Campbell 22-9 in the period.

For the game, senior forward/guard Dominique Turman-Watson produced 14 points and 10 rebounds for Central.

“She’s averaging a double-double,” Wilson said. “She’s really come on really strong.”

Senior guard Brittany Dolan contributed 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers, senior guard TanJaNeKa White-Freeman and senior forward/center MyYonte’ Jennings had eight points apiece and senior forward Ashley Genova had five points.

Sophomore forward Riley Long, who Wilson pulled up from the junior varsity squad, chipped in four points.

Central (6-6) visited Bluestone High School on Tuesday and visits Goochland High School on Friday at 7 p.m.