Central Davidson ends season for East Rowan girls

Published 11:51 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2016

By Michael Duprez

Lexington Dispatch

LEXINGTON — Jordan Chavis had more than twice as many points as East Rowan in the first quarter Tuesday night.

That theme continued throughout Central Davidson’s first-round playoff game as the Spartans dominated the Mustangs, 64-49.

Central (20-5) advances to play Piedmont, a 55-53 first-round winner over Central Carbarrus, Thursday at home.

Chavis had 14 points in the opening eight minutes, the Spartan all-star canning four 3-pointers in succession to give help her team to a 19-6 advantage.

For all practical purposes, the contest was decided at that point as Chavis went on to score 34. All of her 3s came in the opening period.

Behind Chavis and Kamber Skeen, who had 10 points, Central pushed its lead to as many as 22 points. Even though East Rowan (12-14), which tied for seventh in the South Piedmont Conference, trimmed the margin to 10 in the second half, the Spartans’ lead was never really threatened.

Central coach Sterling Charles used the big cushion to utilize some teaching moments, with 12 of his players getting into the game. Nine of them scored.

“It’s always about teaching,” said Charles, who leads the Mid-Piedmont Conference regular season and tournament champions back into the postseason for the first time in three years.

“We’ve talked all season about the fact that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. The main thing for us right now, is that we’ve got to play defense.”

In addition to Chavis’ five 3s in the first quarter, Skeen and Desara Hunt also hit one each.

“She (Chavis) is going to get hers,” said Charles. “The main thing is for us, we need to have other people scoring to be able to go farther in the playoffs. They’re going to get open shots, but they rush their shots. They’ve go to learn to relax.”

Chavis had an impressive stat line on the night. In addition to scoring, she pulled down 11 rebounds, had six assists, five steals and five blocks. She was also eight of eight from the foul line.

Skeen had eight rebounds.

Shenique Pharr led East Rowan with 19 points and Jocelyn Lowe followed with 12 points.

The Spartans had a five–year run from 2009 to 2013 before their post-season string was snapped.

Dwight Davis can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 226 or dwight.davis@the-dispatch.com. Follow Dwight on Twitter@LexDispatch_dd