BY LINDA JACOBS
GOODRICH—A first quarter assault by the Goodrich Lady Hornets paved the route for an easy 81-14 win over High Island Friday night at Hornet Gym.
The league-leading Lady Hornets of head coach Lester King put 31 points on the board in the opening frame, while holding the Cardinals to a pair of free throws. It continued downhill for the visitors, despite Goodrich halting their press early in the second quarter.
"I told the kids we can't play like our opponent, we've got to get games over at the beginning." King said.
"We're looking at the big picture and people may get mad at you, but you've got to play your game, you can't change your game. If somebody beats me...I'm going home to practice.
"This is the only time the girls get to work on that little half-court trap against other girls. If we don't play hard, when the time comes and we're playing somebody that can really play, we can't be standing around and holding back."
Steals and layups dominated the first eight minutes of action, as two Lady Hornets posted double-digits in the first frame. Three teammates posted 20-plus points by the final horn.
Kristian James, who had four steals and 10 points in the opening frame, led the team with a game high 30 points.
The point leader in the first quarter was Denedra Taylor, who finished with 11 points, and 25 for the game.
Ashley Pierce scored eight in the opening quarter and finished with 20 points overall.
Karen Andrade, Jada Henderson and Erika Flores added two points apiece in the win.
The Lady Hornets scored 25 unanswered points before the Cardinals tossed in a pair of free throws with 1:19 left in the opening frame.
The Cardinals didn't score their first basket of the game until the 6:52 mark of the second quarter and only finished with three during the eight-minute stretch. The Lady Hornets went in at halftime leading 50-5.
James led the second frame for the Hornets with seven, and both Taylor and Pierce added six apiece.
The second half was slower paced, which provided a better scoring opportunity for the Cardinals, who finished with seven points in the third quarter.
The trio of James, Pierce and Taylor scored 17 for the Lady Hornets. James led the way with seven, followed by Pierce with six and Taylor with four points.
The Lady Hornets put the finishing touch on their victory with a 14-2 advantage in the fourth frame. James scored six and Taylor added four points. Jada Henderson and Erika Flores both pitched in two points.
Goodrich will be home Friday night, hosting Spurger. The Lady Hornets tip-off at 6 p.m. and the Hornets follow at 7:30 p.m.