LADY VOLUNTEERS ROUT LIONS, 74-38
December 12, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
JEFF DAVIS FRESHMAN LEAD VOLUNTEERS TO EASY WIN OVER PRATTVILLE
Coach Virginia Barber gave no explanation to the poor performance by the Prattville Lady Lions Tuesday night, December 11 at Jeff Davis. The Lions went into the game with high hopes of competing with Jeff Davis.
The Lady Vols were coming into the battle with defeats by Dothan’s Northview, 57-54, Montgomery Carve r, 55-31 and Opelika, 50-46. Prattville was sporting a 6-1 record, which included a big win over Robert E. Lee.
“I thought we were ready to play. But it seems once the girls get here, they have a mental block and nothing goes right,” Barber said following the game.
It did not start well for the Lions as Jeff Davis’ Ayanna Ellis took the opening tip and promptly raced down court for an easy lay-up. Prattville answered with a two pointer from the lane by Jae Patterson with a beautiful feed from Daniel Ewert.
The two pointer ignited a 9-2 run by the Vols and an 11-2 lead with 5:41 left in the opening quarter. It didn’t get any better as the Lady Vols behind three treys from freshmen sensation Jasmine Walker raced to a 22-9 run and a 31-12 first period lead.
The large lead was too steep a mountain to climb for Prattville.
It didn’t help the Lions’ opportunities when their top scorer, senior Danielle Ewert went down with an ankle injury with 6:14 left in the period. Ewert only stayed out of action for three minutes returning at the 3:28 mark, but it was obvious the ankle was bothering her.
Ewert gutted it out and finished the game with a high of 19 points and 11 boards for her sixth double-double of the season.
By halftime the game was out of reach for Prattville, as Jeff Davis built a 46-27 lead.
Prattville could never trim the lead to less than the 19 point halftime deficit trailing by 25 at the close of the third period, 58-33.
The Lions were their worst enemy, committing 24 turnovers.
Ewert finished with a double -double, 19-points and 11-boards. Aaliyah Holmes added 13- points, while Jae Patterson finished with seven points, a far cry from her normal average.
Walker led Jeff Davis with 19 points, while Tia Manora added 17 points including knocking down three 3-opoinrters and Ayanna Ellis added ten points.