East Wake’s girls basketball team ran a clinic when hosting Garner Friday night, punishing the Trojans with a 60-21 rout.
The Warriors (11-5, 6-1 Greater Neuse River 4A) took over the game from the very start.
On the offensive side, East Wake got most of its baskets feeding the ball to post players like forward Kianna Wynn, who scored six in the opening minutes.
The Warriors took a 24-1 lead in the first quarter much thanks to turnovers committed by Garner, which also struggled to find the basket on offense.
“We came down here and we just laid down,” said Garner head coach Hardrick Mays. “We didn’t play any defense. Their shots came from layups and they outran us. Until we show effort, it’s not going to happen.”
The Warriors scored most of their points in the second quarter from easy baskets in transition. East Wake’s passing around the key and to the post also disrupted the zone defense of the Trojans, allowing open shots inside and out for the Warriors to take advantage of.
It seemed as if East Wake constantly had possession, as junior center Angel Rizor continually won rebounds on both sides of the floor and senior guard Ciera Williams used her quick hands to force turnover after turnover from the Trojans. Each of Williams’ four baskets came off of the transition.
The Warriors led 39-5 at the half.
Garner (2-12, 2-6) showed some fight, returning from the break showing much more aggression. The Trojans got their best frame in the third, when they posted 10 points.
But while Garner managed to make a handful of shots, East Wake continued to expand its lead.
Scoring came too easy for Wynn in the second half. East Wake continued to feed the ball down low to the senior, who racked up off the backboard. Wynn finished with a game-high 19 points.
“We kept the intensity up. We played two halves of basketball,” Wynn said. “The key was hustling up and down the court, rebounding and boxing out.”
Rizor continued to out-rebound the Trojans down the stretch and shots continued to drop for the Warriors with consistent shooting from Tamira Knuckles (11 points), who finished the game with a layup, three jump shots and a 3-pointer.
Garner freshman Khayla Guy and senior captain Adaya Thorpe led their team in scoring with six points each.