BY BRIAN BESCH, Enterprise staff
An easy win was welcomed by the Corrigan-Camden girls in their first district home game Tuesday, a 58-18 beating of the Newton Lady Eagles.
A stifling opening quarter from the Lady Dog defense allowed only two field goals on their way to a 21-5 stretch.
Corrigan defenders stopped passing lanes and any attempts at penetration. The bad shots Newton was forced to take did not help the visitors' cause.
The Corrigan man-to-man defense was just as stingy in the second period, allowing three field goals and just seven total points.
"What we have improved on is we are getting in basketball shape," Corrigan-Camden Coach Megan Daniel said. "That's always what they need, especially to run teams up and down the court. Free throw-wise, in one game of the Goodrich tournament, we missed 21. Today, we only missed five, so that is an improvement and those are areas that we need to improve on. There are other things that we need to still improve on and that's boxing out. We have to; we can't give teams three chances."
The offense was not as quick on fast breaks after the initial eight minutes, allowing the Lady Eagle stoppers a chance to set up its scheme. Settling for more outside shots, shooting percentages and points were reduced from that of the first quarter. However, hustle on the other end of the court made sure that did not matter.
The home team may have saved their best for the second half, surrendering a single field goal and three points in each of the last two frames. The half produced a deeper rotation of players seeing action in a contest that had been decided by the end of the third with a 50-15 lead.
"Coming out for games like these when you can include the whole team, those are always our favorite games. As a coach, I'm always going to see things we can work and improve on, and that's what I was doing today — fixing the errors from the previous game."
Lynesha Square led all scores with 21, freshman Zalaya Thomas added 11, and Bre' Aisha Drayton rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10. Two Lady Eagles shared team high point with six.
The win is much needed after beginning District 22-3A with a 23-point loss to what Daniel said is a strong Nacogdoches Central Heights team.
"We started out (in district) last week and not the way we wanted to. But, we started out with the toughest team, in my opinion. I think they are ranked 24 in the state. They're going to be the top team to beat. We've also got Woodville and they're a pretty good team, Woden is a pretty good team and Pollok Central is also good. There's some pretty good talent that's coming our way, so it's a good district."
Up next for the Lady Dogs is a trip north of Lufkin and a district game with Pollok Central.
"Friday we are playing Pollok Central and they are a pretty good team. I know they graduated a couple of seniors, but they are going to be a strong team. Then, we turn around and play Hemphill. We've already played Hemphill this year, but again, when it's district, you always come to play."