Prep Basketball: Salisbury girls 94, Central Davidson 14
By Ronnie Gallagher
LEXINGTON — Now, that’s the Bubbles Phifer the fans have been waiting for.
The freshman who calmly predicted in the preseason that she would be the next Shayla Fields had her coming-out party Tuesday night, scoring 20 points in a 94-14 victory over Central Davidson.
Ninety-four. To 14.
There’s not many 80-point wins on any level, and the scary part is it could’ve been worse. Salisbury (10-2, 2-1 CCC) went ahead 32-0, led 50-4 at halftime and had the score up to 85-15 with five minutes still remaining. But the pace slowed and the Hornets fell two points shy of the school record, set earlier this season against Lexington.
Everyone scored, but Phifer showed what the future holds. She calmly led the break and showed a sweet stroke from 3-point range.
“It was definitely good to see,” beamed Salisbury coach Jennifer Shoaf. “We’ve been waiting on it.”
During the last three minutes of the second quarter, the kid they call Bubbles poured it on winless Central (0-11, 0-2). After hitting two free throws, she sank a layup, fed Shanae Knox for a bucket, hit another layup and then drilled a 3 for a 50-2 lead.
Central coach Kevin Hudson trudged to the locker room befuddled.
“It was 32-0 before we scored, and then we gave up 18 more,” he said. “And we showed no emotion about that. I don’t think we were looking to score at all. We were so timid and intimidated early. What I found odd was that we broke their fullcourt press. We didn’t turn it over until we got into the halfcourt.”
It usually resulted in easy layups. Kwameshia Hicks, Shi-Heria Shipp, Lakendra Williams and De’Rya Wylie joined Phifer in double figures. But nobody looked better than Phifer.
“There’s been a lot of pressure on her,” Shoaf said. “Hopefully this is a load off her shoulders and will get her going.”
Salisbury (94) — B. Phifer 20, Hicks 13, Williams 12, Wylie 12, Shipp 11, Knox 7, N. Phifer 7, Wingerson 4, Clinding 4, Rice 2, Gallagher 2.
central davidson (14) — Hanes 4, Tysinger 3, Leonard 2, Buie 2, Carrick 2, Jernigan 1, Fritts, Fulbright, Thore, Aldridge.
Salisbury 23 27 23 21 — 94
C. Davidson 0 4 2 8 — 14
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