Lady Eagles dominate Haynesville

From Staff Reports

Top-ranked Central Catholic overpowered 32nd seed Haynesville, 60-30, in Class 1A girls’ bi-district playoff action at the Matchbox Monday.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a seven-point lead, while giving the Lady Tornadoes fits with full-court pressure. But, Haynesville (10-15) started having success with back-cuts and trailed just 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.

“We were able to weather the storm in the first quarter,” Haynesville head coach Connie Tell said. “But we didn’t move our feet on defense in the second quarter and they got out in transition. We got tired and they pulled away.”

Point guard Makayla McDaniel sparked the Lady Eagles fast break with her stellar defensive play. The junior’s 14 steals kept Haynesville off balance all night.

“Makayla has good footwork and technique defensively,” Central Catholic assistant coach Joe Jones said. “If someone puts the ball out there, she will take it.”

McDaniel ignited CCHS (22-3), who extended its lead to 28-18 at the half.

Meo Knight led CCHS with a triple double with 12 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds. She also dished out three assists and blocked three shots.

Randi Brown added 21 points for CCHS as well as one block, five steals, two assists and three steals.

Along with her steals, McDaniel contributed 13 points, and three assists and rebounds apiece.

Central Catholic blew the game open early in the third quarter on two baskets by Knight and back-to-back three-pointers by Brown and McDaniel.

By the end of the quarter, CCHS led 50-25.

“They were a little rusty after not playing for week,” Jones said. “But as the game went on, the girls got more comfortable. We didn’t shoot the ball well from the outside tonight, but overall we played pretty well.”

Central Catholic travels to Merryville Thursday for regional round play. Merryville, the 17th-seed, beat 16th-seeded Delhi, 49-45, on the road Tuesday.

Other CCHS scorers included Gee Garrett, six points, one block, one steal, three assists and 10 rebounds; Brie Hill, six points and three rebounds; Abbie Bergeron, two points, four steals and an assist; Megan Landry, one steal and assist apiece and four rebounds; Caroline Byrne, one steal and three rebounds; and Carlie Boagni and Anastasia Johnson, two rebounds each.

Leading scorers for Haynesville were LaBrittany Beene with six points, while Macey Holly had five.

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