Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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November 21, 2012

Lady Wildcats go 2-0 in Stratford tournament

Macon — No trophies were awarded at Tuesday’s conclusion of the Stratford Tip-Off Tournament. Had there been, two-time defending GISA Class A state champion Crisp Academy surely would have earned one.

Coach Gina Mitchell’s Lady Wildcats first knocked off Class AAA Westfield 44-36 on Monday. They followed up that victory with an even more decisive 40-25 win  Tuesday over a Glenwood team that finished as the Alabama state runner-up in its classification.

Now 3-1 on the year, Crisp will be idle until making a trio of starts next week. Tuesday, it’s at Terrell where they’ll be joined in action by the Wildcats who’ll be making their debut. Thursday at 6, they make their home debut vs. Tattnall.

Crisp 44, Westfield 36

Once again plagued by inaccuracy from close range as well as from the charity stripe, the Lady Wildcats struggled to come out on top of the Class AAA Lady Hornets.

“We missed way too many lay-ups and free throws several of which came on the front end of 1-if-1 situations,” Mitchell said on the heels of a victory that gave her team a 2-1 record.

“We’re getting great looks and making really good passes that lead to what should be high percentage shots but we’re not capitalizing on them the way we should. We really need to concentrate a little harder so that we can start making and stop missing the 2- and 3-footers.

“Defensively, we’re doing pretty good as that phase of our game with its steals and close guarding is putting us in position to score a lot more than we’ve been doing.

“The good thing is that it’s still early in the season and the mistakes we’re making are correctable.”

Crisp, which owned advantages of 14-4, 22-14 and 35-23 at the quarter stops, was led in scoring by Madi Mitchell with 19 points and Jay Jay Yawn with 12.

Score by Quarters

Crisp Academy 14-8-13-9 — 44

Westfield Academy 4-10-9-13 — 36

Scoring

Crisp Academy (44) – Kayla Childers, Kara White 5, Kendall  Wilson 6, Jay Jay Yawn 12, Madi Mitchell 19, Morgan Wells 2, Madison Odom, Maddie Krause.

Team totals: field goals 15; free throws 13 of 21 (61.9%); fouls 11; 3-pointers — Wilson 1; fouled out — none.

Westwood (36) — McKinley Walton 8, Chelsea Watley 6, Callie Hammerle 4, Sidney Ledford 12, Valerie McLure 4, Katelyn Moseley 2.

Team totals: field goals 15; free throws 4 of 10 (40%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Walton 2; fouled out — McLure.

Crisp 40, Glenwood 25

Showing vast improvement in their shooting both from the floor and the charity stripe and looking sharp on defense as well, the Georgians gradually pulled away from the Alabamians.

Crisp led 10-3 after a quarter, 16-7 at halftime and 29-11 heading into the backstretch where the Lady Gators held a 14-11 advantage against Lady Wildcat reserves.

“We shot much better today than we’d been doing, played good man-for-man defense throughout and pretty much controlled the boards,” said Gina Mitchell who expressed pleasure with the overall performance.

“It was also good to again get playing time for everybody as we continue to develop depth. I thought everyone played well and was really proud of the effort they put forth.”

Madi Mitchell took her customary spot atop Crisp’s scoring ledger with a game-high 21 points. No other player on either team reached double digits.

Score by Quarters

Crisp Academy 10-6-13-11 — 40

Glenwood Academy 3-4-4-14 — 25

Scoring

  Crisp Academy (40) — Folsom, Krause, Odom 2, Childers 4, White 2, Krause, Wilson 2, Yawn 6, Carpenter, Mitchell 21, Wells 3.

Team totals: field goals 14; free throws 12 of 16 (75%); fouls 10; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — none.

  Glenwood (25) — Tamara McLain 8, Elizabeth Perdue 9, Emily Robertson 1, Tamara York 1, Whitley Anderson 6.

Team totals: field goals 8; free throws 7 of 10 (70%); fouls 9; 3-pointers — Anderson 1, Perdue 1; fouled out — none.

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