By Evan Grice
It didn’t take the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats long to send a clear message to No. 17 Western Heights Monday night during the annual “Pink Out” game.
Just around eight minutes.
PHS used a smothering defensive attack, which forced 35 turnovers out of the Lady Jets, and a fast paced offense to lead 19-2 after the first quarter, and cruise to a 76-25 victory.
The game was the first in more than a week for the Lady Wildcats, as both games last week were canceled due to weather.
“Certainly the girls have been frustrated with the weather, and there’s nothing we can do about that,” Piedmont coach Jamie Hill said. “This just means that every game we play is more precious to them. Whenever the girls come out, they are intense and ready to show how good they are. Today was a good example of how to be efficient on offense and defense. Everyone scored and contributed, and it was a fun game to watch for all of us.”
There was little doubt as to the outcome of the contest, as the Lady Wildcats finished with four players in double figures on the night, led by Hayden Priddy with 13 points.
Piedmont never let Western Heights get into the game, as the Lady Jets struggled to find a rhythm offensively. WHHS didn’t reach double digits in scoring until the 2:45 mark of the second quarter when the score was 27-11 in favor of the Lady Wildcats.
“We just knew coming off of such a long break, we needed to step up our game,” senior Alex Hall said. “Coach Hill was always telling us in practice to shake off the rust and that’s something we’ve been trying to do. If you just have one person scoring all the points out there, then that team is easy to beat. With us spreading the scoring around, it makes us more consistent and harder to beat.”
There was no letdown in the second half from the Lady Wildcats as they led 56-17 at the end of the third quarter, and held the Lady Jets to just eight points in the final frame.
Kayden Carver, Alex Hall and Bre Reid all added 10 points in the game for the Lady Wildcats.
Mina Iyaye put in eight points, with McKenna Kirkpatrick scoring four points on the night.
Maddie Sperle and Sydney Morrison both scored three points for the Lady Wildcats (10-4).
Karen Hopkins led the Lady Jets with 10 points in the contest.