WENDELL — The East Wake girls’ basketball team never trailed Tuesday night in a 68-44 blowout of Garner.
The Warriors (5-2, 2-0 Greater Neuse River 4A) used a balanced attack with four players scoring in double digits and a combined 15 assists to get the win over the Trojans (0-7, 0-1).
“We are a very unselfish basketball team,” East Wake coach Toni Vick said. “Anybody on this team can score at will and our players know that. I thought it was a good team effort tonight.”
While East Wake had four players finish with 10 points or more, Garner had just four players total that scored Tuesday night. Two starters for the Trojans failed to hit a shot in the contest.
“They played aggressive and we just didn’t,” Garner coach Hardrick Mays said. “At times we showed signs of greatness and at others we looked like we had never played the game before. We are a young team, but our veterans have to step up.”
East Wake opened up the game with a 21-7 lead after the first quarter thanks to nine Garner turnovers and a dominating presence in the paint. Kianna Wynn, Briana Arnold and Angel Rizor combined for 13 of East Wake’s points from the frontcourt along with four combined rebounds.
Vick said she was happy with the way her team feasted off of Garner’s mistakes.
“Those turnovers made a big difference,” Vick said. “Not only because it showed we had good defensive pressure, but I thought we looked good when we turned them into transition points.”
Both Warrior Briana Arnold and the Trojans’ Khayani Chandler came off the bench to lead their teams in the early going. Arnold finished the first half with 10 points and four boards while Chandler compiled nine points and three rebounds before heading to the locker room with the Warriors leading 38-18.
The Warriors opened up the second half with a 14-4 run to continue the scoring onslaught. The second half was much more balanced for East Wake, as Arnold, Tianna Knuckles, Shakerrya Morrison and Wynn, finished in double digits in points.
Knuckles and Wynn both scored six points in both halves to tie for the teams lead at 12 points each.
The Trojans had two different breakout players in the second half as Kelsey Bryan and Kiyana Stokes finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively, complimenting Chandler’s team-leading 15.
While East Wake continued to roll on with their third straight win by 19 or more points, Garner is still searching for its first win. Mays believes the answer to the Trojans’ problems is simple – they need to come out with more intensity.
“We can score points, but we have to do better on the boards,” Mays said. “We’ve got to play harder and if we can show energy and effort we can start winning. We’ve got to figure it out as coaches and our players have to figure it out on the court.”