Lady Warriors rout Bulldogs

Stephanie King

PAC-7 women’s basketball action made its way to Wheatmore High School on Tuesday as the Lady Warriors hosted cross-town rival the Trinity Lady Bulldogs. Wheatmore entered Tuesday’s match-up 3-2 on the season, while Trinity was 1-6. This was the first PAC-7 game of the season for both teams.

Trinity struck first with a jumper from Autumn Gentry before Ashlyn Linville answered on the other end for the Warriors. Another Trinity bucket put the Bulldogs back on top, but it would not last long as Wheatmore scored five straight for a 7-4 lead. Gentry picked up a bucket to cut the lead to one. Taylor Comer got her first points of the night giving Wheatmore a 9-6 advantage. Tori Kirkman worked down low in the paint for her first points before the Warriors closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run for a 15-8 lead.

Wheatmore continued their run into the second quarter scoring the first six points of the quarter. The Warriors’ defense held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter as they built their lead. Trinity got on the board at the 4:40 mark with a bucket from Gentry. Wheatmore answered with a bucket from Kylie Biggs and a three from Linville to take a 26-10 lead. Alania Lanphar went one for two at the charity stripe to cut the Warriors’ lead down to fifteen. Trinity had no answer for the Warriors as they scored five straight to push their lead to twenty. Gentry would score the final bucket of the quarter for the Bulldogs before a jumper from Kara Comer was the last for the Warriors. At halftime, Wheatmore led 33-13 over Trinity.

It was all Wheatmore in the third quarter of play as they held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless for the entire eight minutes. The Warriors opened with three straight points before the Comer sisters picked two steals and scores each to extend the Warriors lead to 44-13. Linville, Comer, Niva Hippert, and Danae Henderson each scored to close out the quarter. After three-quarters of play, Wheatmore was still in control 51-13.

The Lady Bulldogs’ Gentry found a rhythm in the final quarter of play, but it was not enough to stop the Warriors. Gentry opened the quarter with her first three of the night to cut the lead to 51-16. After a drive and score from Kara Comer, Gentry got the friendly bounce for her second three. Wheatmore would outscore the Bulldogs 6-4 during the final minutes to pick up the win 59-23.

Taylor Comer led the Warriors with 18 points, while Ashlyn Linville finished with 12. Kara Comer added ten and Kylie Biggs notched seven for Wheatmore. For the Bulldogs, Autumn Gentry led the way with 19. Tori Kirkman chipped in three and Alania Lanphar finished with one.

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