The Central High School girls' basketball team got its first taste of on-court action at home on Thursday, Nov. 7. Taking on Richard Hardy Memorial, the Lady Raiders played five quarters of basketball and outscored their opponents 120-21 throughout the scrimmage.
CHS was originally scheduled to play Marshall County before a change of plans earlier this week.
"We were just wanting to play against a team that didn't know our plays," Coach Joe Pat Cope said. "We were able to get everybody in the game, run our stuff, keep everybody healthy tonight so that's basically what we wanted to see."
With every team member who could play out on the floor, 13 out of 14 brought in a bucket in the lopsided victory. The Lady Raider offense also netted at least 20 points through each of the game's five quarters.
On the defensive end, the girls did not let Hardy Memorial get into double-digit scoring once.
"I thought our hustle and our effort was definitely there. We released really well," Cope explained. "We've just put that 1-3-1 in this year. Our weak-side guard didn't drop as well as we need to and we've had three days on it, so that's one thing every coach said we've gotta work on but I thought we ran our fast break well."
In the first quarter, CHS held Hardy Memorial to a single free throw on the way to a 21-1 win. The Lady Raiders gave up more points in the second quarter, but still held the Lady Hawks to single digits in a 20-9 score.
The dominance continued with a 25-6 final in the third quarter and a 25-0 shutout in the fourth. In the extra fifth quarter, CHS sealed the night with a 29-5 result.
"I've got 15 kids on varsity and honestly right now, there's 12 of them that can get minutes for us," Cope said. "It's gonna be the hardest job I've ever had finding out who and when and who's got the hot hand that night because you're so deep."
Alivia Reel led the girls' scoring effort with 17 points, just ahead of Morgan Jones at 16. Up next was Bella Vinson with 15 points, who was immediately followed by Chloe Gannon at 14.
Jenna Garretson recorded 13 points, with Jalie Ruehling just behind at 10. Ellie Chumley and Marley Perry each brought in eight. Emma Fulks netted six points. Elizabeth Brown and Olivia Swain both added four each. Kasen Holt hit a three-pointer in the first quarter for three points. Keelie Hillis brought in a field goal in the second quarter for two points.