Central A&M girls basketball finally got free from the CIC Tourney last week and played a Saturday matinee at Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. The results were like night and day. A&M was dominant once again, almost doubling up the Knights, 53-27.
The Knights never scored in double-digits in any quarter and the Raiders didn’t even need to score in the 4th for the overwhelming margin.
A&M opened up with a 17-7 run to start the game and that was just the first shoe to drop. Channing Reed went to town, making two free throws and then scoring two more buckets. Mikayla Denton offered a deuce and a trey. These two would pace the Raiders in this game, outscoring A-L/A-H by themselves.
Lanie Sams made a basket and Julia Braundmeier was fouled and made both free throws. McKenna Denton made a 2-pointer.
A-L/A-H got a two from Mackenzie Brown, a two from Jolynn Barbee, and a two from Mackenzi Bowles. Charley Condill added 1-of-2 free throws to trail by 10.
The second verse was like the first a little louder a little worse with an A&M 18-8 run. Reed made her first trey and then a deuce. Mikayla Denton added another deuce and trey combination. Sams was fouled on a 3-pointer. She made 2-of-3 free throws and then added a two. McKenna Denton scored again.
A-L/A-H posted a deuce and a trey from Barbee. Bowles made a two and Kirsten Corum made 1-of-2 foul shots as the Knights trailed by 20 at the half, 35-15.
If the second verse was worse than the first, the third was brutal. A&M went on a 20-3 run.
Reed, the post player, pulled up and made three 3-point shots. She finished her scoring with 1-of-2 at the line for 10 points in the quarter. Mikayla Denton made a two, split a pair of free throws and finished with another deuce and a trey combo. for 8 points in the period. McKenna Denton made 2-of-4 foul shots.
A-L/A-H made one bucket in the 3rd, from Alexa Miller, after she missed two free throws. Shaylie Miller made 1-of-2 foul shots, leaving A-L/A-H down by 35 points, 53-18.
A-L/A-H’s last hurrah was a 9-0 run in the 4th, as A&M didn’t need to score to win by 26. Shae Slabaugh nailed a 3. Shaylie Miller made 2-of-4 foul shots. Mallory Nichols had a two and Condill finished with a two.
A&M scored 18 baskets, seven from downtown for 43 points, 22 from inside the arc and 21 outside. A-L/A-h scored 10 buckets, two from distance for 22 points. A&M added 10-of-15 foul shooting and A-L/A-H made just 5 of 15.
Reed led all scorers with 21 points. She made a trio of twos and a quartet of treys. She also made 3-of-4 foul shots. Mikayla Denton followed with 18 points. She made a quartet of twos and a trio of treys, plus 1-of-2 at the line. Barbee led A-L/A-H with just 7 points on two 2’s and a 3.
Central A&M (20-8) was scheduled to play Shelbyville again, this time on Monday for Ram Senior Night. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (15-11) was scheduled to play at Decatur LSA on Monday and at Marshall on Tuesday.
Central A&M 53, A-L/A-H 27
C A & M 17-18-20-0--53
CAM stats: Reed 21 (3-2s, 4-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Mi Denton 18 (4-32s, 3-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Sams 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Mc Denton 6 (2 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Braundmeier 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 7 (Reed 4, Mi Denton 3). Team FTs 10-of-15.
A-L/A-H stats: Barba 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Bowles 4 (2 FGs), Condill 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Slabaugh 3 (FG), S Miller 3 (3/6 FTs), Nichols 2 (FG), Brown 2 (FG), D Miller 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Corum 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 10. 3-Pointers: 2 (Barba, Slabaugh). Team FTs 5-of-15.