Lady Mustangs rough up DCHS in opener

Published 9:56am Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nearly four weeks of hard-nosed practices charged Stanhope Elmore as the Lady Mustangs blitzed the Dallas County Lady Hornets 68-16 in SEHS’s season-opening contest.
From the tip, Stanhope Elmore (1-0) pestered Dallas County (0-1) on the defensive end of the court, causing turnovers that led to offensive baskets. The Lady Mustangs stymied the Lady Hornets in the first period, racing out to a 26-0 lead and didn’t allow a DCHS field goal until 53 seconds to go in the opening quarter.

Stanhope Elmore guard Raven Russell applies pressure to a Dallas County dribbler Monday. Photo by Cory Diaz
Stanhope Elmore guard Raven Russell applies pressure to a Dallas County dribbler Monday. Photo by Cory Diaz

It was more of the same at the start of the second period. Lady Mustangs Raven Russell and Moody DeJarnette, who both ended the night with 18 points to lead all scorers, fueled their teams’ aggression on the defensive side of the ball with eight and nine steals respectively. But Dallas County, led by Camisha Moore who scored seven of her points in the second, found enough rhythm to tally 12 points, to trim the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 57-16 at the half.
SEHS girls’ head coach Kelvin Stokes said his team’s performance was a direct product of how his team practices.
“We practice hard and we play like we practice,” he said. “We come in and we get after it. We play with a tempo about ourselves and there’s a carryover. You practice that way, your game should be a little easier. You play with that intensity, that tenacity from start to finish. That’s what we’re about and that’s what we believe in.”
The tenacity level for Stokes’ bunch only ratcheted up after the intermission, as Stanhope Elmore didn’t allow the Lady Hornets to record a point in the second half.
Although his group won by 52, Stokes said there are still plenty of things to work on.
“Believe it or not, we played decent literally,” said Stokes. “As a coach, you always see room for growth. It’s our first game of the season, we’ve got a long season ahead of us. We played hard and we played with tempo. There’s things we’ve got to get better at. You know, we just got to keep persevering over little thing throughout quarters, we’ve got finish quarters and do things like that. We got to get our depth stronger.
“I’m proud of them. They played hard, I’m excited for the season. Good opening game to see where we are, but at the same we’ve got a lot to improve on.”
Junior center Victoria Harvey recorded a double-double for the Lady Mustangs with 10 points and 16 rebounds, along with 4 blocks.

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