JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The CHBC Hornets opened the 2012-2013 season at home sending South Central into anaphylactic shock in the first few minutes, then calling off the dogs in a rout , winning 50-14.
The Hornets swarmed right offf the tip and were up 10-0 in two and a half minutes. They led 18-2 at the 2:35 mark of the 1st and South Central had to call a time-out to be treated for multiple stings.
The final 26 and a half minutes of the game, CHBC pulled up every time they had a fast break, enforcing their own mercy rule. They still led 22-4 after the 1st and 30-8 at the half.
At one point in the 2nd quarter, Micah Jones was running the point and coaching her teammates. She was on the floor with four Hornets who had played in the JV game. She refused to shoot and just kept giving up the ball to her teammates.
Senior Ava Paruleski nailed a 3 in the 3rd to put CHBC up 35-8. Autumn Riley then scored inside and drew a foul. She buried the free throw for a 3-point play and a 38-8 lead.
On the next possession, long-time assistant coach Larry Young, filling in for head coach Carolyn Wendte who had a scheduling conflict, told all-state center Micah Jones she couldn't shoot anymore inside. She had to shoot from the outside. So, she swished a shot from just inside the 3-point line, 40-8.
CHBC led 42-10 heading into the 4th. Taylor Edwards had a throw in from under the basket with 5:35 to play and she lobbed it to Jones for the easy two and a 44-10 lead.
Coach Young put the starters back in for the final 4:00 of the game, so they could reestablish some rhythm as a unit, before they have to play Central A&M on Thursday.
South Central had the ball under their own basket and kept trying to throw it in. But every time they did, Jones, who was on the ball, would just bat it right back out of bounds. She did it twice and South Central called time-out. She did it two more times, before just backing off and letting the Cougars get the ball in.
Kacie Hilt had back-to-back steals, then Jones posted up, got the ball and scored with her left hand against two defenders for a 46-14 lead. Micah then dished to Hilt inside for two to return the favor, 48-14.
Jensyn Morrison set up the final score of the game when she took the ball out at the CHBC end and lobbed it to Jones for another tap-in at the rim and the 36-point margin of victory, 50-14.
CHBC (1-0, 1-0 NTC) hosts Central A&M in Beecher City on Thursday.
CHBC 50, South Central 14
CHBC stats:Jones 24 (12 FGs), 2 blocks, Paruleski 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FG), A. Riley 7 (2 FGs, 3/3 FTs), Morrison 4 (2 FGs), Kirby Herrmann 4 (2 FGs), Ashley Miller 2 (FG), Hilt 2 (FG). Team FGs 23 (1-3). Team FTs 3-of-3.
SC stats: Cain 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 Fts), Rose 4 (2 FGs), Lotz 2 (FG), Keen 2 (FG), Lewis (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 6. Team FTs 2-of-4.
CHBC 39, Ramsey 37