Gadsden City girls basketball forced turnover after turnover in its 63-9 win over J.B. Pennington on Saturday to finish third in its tip-off tournament.
The Tigers led 4-3 five minutes into the first quarter, then the Titans ended the opening period on a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 lead.
Gadsden City started forcing a lot of Tiger turnovers to open the second quarter and outscored Pennington 21-1 to take a 31-5 lead into the half. The Titans forced 15 turnovers in the quarter and scored most of their points in transition.
Nine Titans scored in the period with senior Darrelyn Rudolph’s eight points leading the way.
It was more of the same in the third quarter as Gadsden City held Pennington to two points and scored 20 for a 51-7 advantage at the end of the third.
There was a running clock in the final quarter and the Titans outscored the Tigers 12-2 to grab the 54-point win.
Clay-Chalkville defeated Priceville 37-33 to win the tournament.
Star of the Night
Gadsden City’s defensive effort was key to the Titans jumping out to their big lead. Gadsden City forced 38 Pennington turnovers, which caused a lot of points on the offensive side of the ball.
By the Numbers
2 — Number of made field goals for Pennington, with one coming in each half. … 15:58 — Time between each Tiger field goal. Jenna Ogle made a shot with 6:08 left in the first quarter. Madison Lipscomb scored Pennington’s second —and final — bucket of the game with 6:10 left in the third. 13 — All 13 girls on the Gadsden City roster scored.
They Said It
“Friday, when we had practice, we worked a lot on our defense. And today, it all came through.” — Gadsden City senior guard Brittney Watts
“I thought we played real good. We mixed up more defenses today a little bit. We played better fundamentally today than we did in the previous game (61-57 loss to Priceville on Thursday). Everybody on the team scored. Everything went well for us.” — Gadsden City coach Jeremy Brooks
Freshman Karissa Spade and Rudolph were the lone Titans in double figures. Spade had 12 points, with eight of them coming in the third quarter. Rudolph finished with 11 points. Camille Jenkins, Jovie Edwards and Cianni Rhodes each added six points. Mya Davis blocked a shot for the Titans.
Gadsden City (2-1) hosts Arab on Tuesday.
Article courtesy of Teddy Couch of The Gadsden Times