Central girls advance to semifinals

Published 1:01 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A well-rounded offensive performance helped the No. 3-seeded Central High School varsity girls basketball team win in the first round of the Conference 42 tournament Monday night in Victoria.

The Lady Chargers topped No. 6 Charles City County High School 55-47, advancing to face host and second-seeded Mathews High School on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

“Every time Charles City would pull within four or five points, we would stretch it out to about eight, nine points,” Central Head Coach Scott Wilson said.

Despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter, senior forward/guard Dominique Turman-Watson led the Lady Chargers with 17 points to go with nine rebounds.

Central senior guard TanJaNeKa White-Freeman had 12 points, scoring 10 of them in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Ashley Genova, who also fouled out early in the fourth, finished with 11 points and nine boards. Senior forward/center MyYonte’ Jennings chipped in nine points.

The Lady Panthers lost despite a 40-point performance from sophomore guard Santaesha Hickman, who went 20-for-27 from the foul line.

Wilson has scouted Mathews and described it as a quite solid, well-rounded team.

“In the game that we saw, they play a really good 1-3-1 zone, and we are going to have to make sure we make really good passes and not let the person on the top of the zone for them — who’s really quick — get the steals and get those easy layups,” Wilson said.