Hornet girls win again
SALISBURY — Victories like this are supposed to answer questions, not raise them.
Yet Salisbury’s 41-31 non-conference win against visiting Pinecrest on Friday may have set off some alarms.
“It wasn’t pretty but it got the job done,” first-year SHS coach Lakai Brice said. “That’s the bottom line. But after playing Carson so well (on Tuesday), I was hoping we could come into this game and improve on some little things we did wrong. What we took was a step back.”
Despite dressing only seven players and gaining its second straight triumph, Salisbury (3-5) played like an untuned piano for much of the night. Its offense looked sluggish and out of sync, turning the ball over 31 times. And while its defense was better — Pinecrest (1-6) made only 10 field goals — something was amiss.
“We worked hard,” freshman Tyzarea Alexander emphasized, “but we have to stop giving up on each other. As long as we’re working, we need to work together.”
Losing coach Barbara Foxx felt Pinecrest’s erratic shooting was decisive.
“We were getting good shots, just not hitting them,” she said after the Patriots dipped to 1-5. “If we would have hit half of them, it might have been different. We had layups and missed them. We had free throws and missed them.”
Sounds like a recipe for misery, something Salisbury got a taste of as well. Starters Nyasia Harris and Monifa Angle led the team in bad-body-language and spent much of the game chained to the bench.
“I’m learning a lot about our team,” Brice said afterward. “Our focus was not there today. We just weren’t hustling. I’ve played this game and mentally, you have to be prepared. We’ve struggled with that.”
Freshman Juliana Anderson and senior Katy Wolfe had no such problem. Anderson scored eight points and yanked down nine rebounds. Wolfe was stiletto-sharp from the floor, hitting 3 of 4 field goal attempts and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. None was bigger than the three she buried from the top of the key that gave Salisbury a 31-20 lead midway through the third quarter.
“There was a scramble on the floor and I held back, just trying to get open,” she said. “They got the ball to me and I hit it. We need more of that. We need to trust each other on the court.”
PINECREST (31) — Gaffney 9, Leak 6, Chalmers 5, Embler 4, Meyers 2, Inglese 2, Speer 2, Nelson 1.
SALISBURY (41) — Alexander 11, Wolfe 8, Anderson 8, Charles 7, Angle 3, Philpot 2, Harris 2.
Pinecrest 7 10 10 4 — 31
Salisbury 11 9 15 6 — 41