CHS girls finish regular season with win

Published 12:44 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Central High School’s varsity girls basketball team concluded its regular season with a 55-24 road win over Randolph-Henry High School, breaking a four-game losing streak.

“Good way to end the regular season,” Lady Chargers Head Coach Scott Wilson said of the victory. “We wanted to go into the postseason on a high note with an impressive win, so very pleased by the performance.”

After taking a 14-2 lead in the first quarter, Central outscored the Lady Statesmen 13-6 in the second quarter, 17-6 in the third quarter and 11-10 when Wilson rested his starters in the fourth quarter.

Opportunism and good shot selection were keys to victory for the Lady Chargers.

“We took advantage of numerous fast break opportunities, getting the defensive rebound and running the fast break,” Wilson said. “We took a lot of high percentage shots in that game. Probably most of our baskets were just right underneath the basket, and that was very critical to pulling away in that game.”

Central had three scorers in double figures. Senior guard TanJaNeKa White-Freeman led the team with 17 points, and senior forward/guard Dominique Turman-Watson registered 13 points and 11 rebounds.

“Watson’s probably been (our) most consistent scorer for the season,” Wilson said. “She’s our leading scorer, but lately White-Freeman has been an offensive force.”

Lady Chargers senior forward Ashley Genova also had 10 points and 13 rebounds and senior forward/center My’Yonte Jennings chipped in nine points.

On Friday, Central fell 54-48 at home against Cumberland High School. Despite the loss, the Lady Chargers showed growth after falling to the Lady Dukes 46-20 on the road Jan. 21.

“A key stat in the game — we actually did outscore Cumberland form the field 43-37, but the difference was the line,” Wilson said. “They were 17-of-32, while we were 5-of-18.”

Jennings and senior guard Brittany Dolan scored 12 points apiece, Turman-Watson added 11 points and 10 rebounds and White-Freeman had eight points.

“While we didn’t pull out the win, I’m pleased by the improvement in our play since the first meeting, because we know we very well could face Cumberland in the conference playoffs,” Wilson said.

Central (8-10) has locked up the No. 3 seed in the Conference 42 tournament and will host its first game of the tourney Monday evening. Wilson said the opponent is likely to be Charles City High School.

Wilson noted the difficult James River District schedule his team has played is helpful at this point in the season.

“I feel like the competition we faced in the regular season is going to prepare us for the postseason with some of the Tidewater teams,” Wilson said.