South girls blow out Wildcats

Published 9:56 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

South Davie’s girls basketball team kept its dominating season going with a 40-14 win at North Davie on Jan. 19.

The Tigers, who breezed to 9-2 with their eighth straight victory, bolted to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter. The teams played on even terms in the second quarter, but South blew it open with an 8-2 spurt in the third quarter. The margin kept growing in the fourth as South, which finished 8-5 a year ago, reached the most wins in six years.

It hardly mattered that Rylea Carter, who came in averaging 14.1 points, scored a season-low four. Kayana Caldwell picked up the slack with 14, one from her season high.

“Kayana works so hard out there,” coach Julie Snow said. “If she makes a mistake, she fixes it. The best kind of player is one that will fix their mistakes and try to make the team better. Fortunately, we have a roster full of them.”

Cayla Hartsell had eight points, Maliyah Streater had six and Klara Lewis, Carter and Layla Caldwell had four each.

“Rylea and Cayla struggled,” Snow said. “They kept trying. That’s just how it goes. Some nights they just don’t fall.”

The ever-improving Amber Wallace was ferocious on the boards.

“There was one stretch during the second quarter where Amber got at least five offensive rebounds,” she said. “It was awesome. She would get the rebound, kick it out to one of our guards and the play would start over. She has really improved over the last few games.”

Amber Strader paced North with eight points. After scoring six of her team’s eight in the first half, South slowed her with a box-and-one.

“Coach (Ryan) O’Neal said to run a box-and-one,” Snow said. “Lewis played suffocating defense. We also put Streater and Courtney Neely on her. Lewis and Streater are some of the best defenders you will see at the middle-school level. It doesn’t matter if you play one minute or the whole game, each person brings something to this team.”

Desiree Johnson (four) and Abbey Custer (two) had the other points for North (1-13).

S. Davie 40 – Kayana Caldwell 14, Cayla Hartsell 8, Maliyah Streater 6, Klara Lewis 4, Rylea Carter 4, Layla Caldwell 4.

N. Davie 14 – Amber Strader 8, Desiree Johnson 4, Abbey Custer 2.