By SCOTT TYLER
H-P Sports Editor
Last week, Palestine girls’ head coach Andy Snider said the team that makes the better adjustments during a game usually wins.
The Ladycats proved Snider’s theory right Tuesday night as Palestine made big adjustments at halftime leading to a 35-24 win over Central at Wildcat Gymnasium.
“We came out a little sluggish in the first half but we made some adjustments on offense and found what we needed to do,” Snider said.
Palestine (6-4, 7-15) trailed by one point at halftime against Central, but with the adjustments made, the Ladycats took the lead back quickly as Allison Reed had back-to-back baskets in the paint to give Palestine a 21-18 lead. Reed had a game-high 10 points.
The offensive success for Palestine led to shutdown defense as the Ladycats held Central scoreless in the third quarter.
“I thought our offense got our defense going in the second half,” Snider said. “We started rotating and helping each other out on defense.”
From Reed’s opening basket of the third quarter, Palestine went on a 14-0 run to take a double-digit lead.
The run included four straight points by Tajan Snowden on a putback and
an open layup off a cross-court pass from Jessica Faggett.
Palestine ended the third quarter when Kyla Pinkston had a putback and then Faggett scored the Ladycat’s first five points of the fourth quarter including a 23-foot jumper from the corner.
“Jessica got into foul trouble in the first half, but her sitting allowed her to have more legs down the stretch,” Snider said. “She also did a good job taking care of the basketball and limited her turnovers.”
Central’s first points of the second half came on two free throws by Samantha Kirkland with 5:20 left in the game. The Lady Bulldog’s first field goal of the second half was from Tiffany Oliver with 2:35 left in the game.
Palestine held Central to six points in the second half. The Ladycat also held Central to no scorers with more than seven points. Central’s leading scorer Melissa Adams was in foul trouble for most of the game and finished with only four points on a first-quarter three pointer and a free throw.
In the fourth quarter, Palestine’s Anjelica Deckard had three steals. On the night she had eight rebounds, four steals and two block shots.
While Palestine captured the win, the Ladycats did struggle from the free-throw line, making only 5-of-19 from the charity stripe.
“If we made our free throws, it would not have been this close,” Snider said. “We have our good nights and bad nights from the free-throw line and tonight was one of those bad nights, but we made them when they counted at the end.
“Hopefully it will not come back to bite us.”
By SCOTT TYLER