Pike Central: Mills – 18, R. Sallee – 3, Leighty – 2
Mt. Vernon: Sharber – 1, Bell – 2, Snodgrass – 4, West – 2, Seifert – 5
Pike Central 8th grade girls extended their season by beating Mt. Vernon 23 – 14 in the South Gibson Invitational. The first quarter was full of good defense and low-scoring. A team effort defense caused some early turnovers, allowing the Chargers some easy attempts. Brailey Mills was able to connect on one shot as well as three makes from the line. The first quarter ended with the Chargers up 5 – 1.
The second quarter was full of fouls and free-throws. Mt. Vernon was in foul trouble allowing the Chargers many free-throw opportunities. Brailey Mills hit 4 of 6 and Ruby Sallee made 1 of 2. Brailey Mills also scored a bucket and rounding out the half in scoring was Kelby Leighty with a bucket. The second quarter ended with the Chargers up 14 – 4.
The third quarter slowed in scoring for the Chargers, but they were able to keep their lead. Brailey Mills scored a couple buckets as well as one more free-throw. The quarter ended with the Chargers ahead 19 – 14.
The fourth quarter proved to be another great defensive display for the Chargers holding Mt. Vernon scoreless the rest of the game. With Mt. Vernon in foul trouble early on, the Chargers were at the free-throw line once again. Brailey Mills scored two more free-throws and Ruby Sallee scored two free-throws. The game ended with the Chargers winning 23 – 14.
“It was a good win for the girls. Brailey Mills had a great free-throw display making 10 of 14. Another great free-throw display was Ruby Sallee making 3 of 4. The ladies did a great job in their defense, blocking out, and causing many turnovers giving them many scoring opportunities. They did a great job of using the clock to their advantage, not rushing, taking care of the ball, and keeping their offense spread out, giving the girls many opportunities to drive and cause fouls. All of the girls played a big part in the win tonight.” – Coach Smith