By SCOTT TYLER
H-P Sports Editor
In Palestine’s last four wins, it has been all about defense for the Ladycats.
That was the same story Tuesday night at Wildcat Gymnasium, as the Ladycats held Huntington to eight points in the second and third quarter in a 51-32 win.
“We did a good job on defense helping and recovering,” Palestine head coach Andy Snider said. “We were moving and reading and forced them into some tough shots.”
The win, which opens the second half of district play puts Palestine (5-3, 6-14) into a third-place tie with Huntington. The Ladycats lost to Huntington to open district.
“The girls were confident tonight,” Snider said. “They felt they did not do themselves justice last time.”
Palestine held Huntington without a field goal in both the second and third quarter. In the third quarter, all Huntington could manage was one free throw.
The Ladycats were able to control the boards against Huntington, grabbing 36 rebounds, 17 on the offensive end of the floor.
“We were able to control the boards on both ends of the floor,” Snider said. “We got enough second shots on offense and limited them to one shot and out for most of the night.”
Palestine’s dominance on the boards was evident on the first possession as Allison Reed grabbed three straight offensive rebounds and finally got one to fall for the Ladycats first points of the night.
Reed finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
“Allison has really stepped up and has come a long ways on defense,” Snider said. “She is improving each ball game.”
Palestine scored the first 13 of the game’s 15 points to quickly establish a double-digit lead.
The Ladycats took that double-digit lead, 22-12, into halftime and then the defense helped Palestine increase the lead in the third quarter.
Anjelica Deckard started the third quarter with a 15-foot jumper and Jazmine Cashmere and Jessica Faggett both had putbacks to give Palestine a 28-13 lead.
Cashmere finished Palestine’s third-quarter scoring with a pair of free throws and then with three seconds left, her foot was on the line when she hit a long jumper giving Palestine a 32-13 lead.
Cashmere had a game-high 19 points, as she was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
“Jaz really stepped up and played well tonight,” Snider said. “This was a night where we had to have our outside scorers come through and she was able to hit some outside shots and then she penetrated strong to the basket.”
Huntington made a small run in the fourth quarter, cutting Palestine’s lead to 13 points, but it would be the closest the game would get.
Three free throws by Cashmere got the lead to 48-30 and then Faggett found Kyla Pinkston for a layup and Palestine reestablished its 20-point lead in the final minutes of the game.
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