Tweedy, Matoaca Thwart Visiting Hopewell
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
Jan 4, 2013, 21:54
Hopewell senior Khadijah Myrick (14) drives past a Matoaca defender on her way to the basket on Thursday. Myrick led the Blue Devils with 22 points, but the Warriors won 60-49 (photo by David Breidenbach).
CHESTERFIELD – Jaelyn Tweedy scored 27 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead the Matoaca girls basketball team to a 60-49 victory over visiting Hopewell on Thursday in Chesterfield.
The junior guard also registered three assists and three steals in the Central District contest. And she did it all on an off night, according to Warriors coach Glenna Lewis.
“I think she could have scored a lot more if she started hitting some 3s and some jumpers,” Lewis said. “We just had to tell her to change her mindset and go in closer.”
Lewis said Tweedy’s ability to scrounge up such staggering statistics on a night in which her A-game eluded her is what makes the three-year varsity player special.
Tweedy’s wide-ranging contributions overshadowed a 22-point performance from Hopewell senior Khadijah Myrick, who accounted for 19 of the Blue Devils’ 23 points in the second half.
But while Myrick did the heavy lifting down the stretch, Jessica Boney paced the visitors in the early going with eight first-quarter points.
Boney’s three-point play in the paint gave Hopewell an 8-2 lead with 5:15 remaining in the opening frame. Lewis said slow starts have been a recurring pitfall for the Warriors.
“Right now we’re just not a very aggressive team,” Lewis said. “We tend to let things come, which is good. But at some point we have to try to push to see what we can get. I think we’re still trying to figure out what kind of team we are right now.”
Matoaca did not have the look of a team with an identity crisis in the second quarter.
Boney gave Hopewell its largest lead of the game at 25-17 by knocking down a 3-pointer from the right wing, but Matoaca slipped into gear immediately thereafter.
Ignited by consecutive putbacks from Taylor Mason, the Warriors embarked on a 16-1 run to close the half. Tweedy capped the momentum-seizing burst with a pull-up jumper from the elbow that just beat the buzzer and provided Matoaca with a 33-26 lead at the break.
The second half featured an offensive do-si-do between Myrick and Tweedy, but Matoaca’s halfcourt defense supplanted the duel.
Paced by the steady influence of Stephanie Edmonds, the Warriors forced a series of turnovers that resulted in easy baskets and left the Blue Devils in a double-digit hole.
“We try to get her to pressure the ball as much as possible,” Lewis said of Edmonds. “I think that’s when the turnovers happen. Every person that we’ve put her on, she’s done a very good job of defending them.”
Tweedy and junior Ayanna Owens enjoyed the fruits of Edmonds’ labor. The backcourt duo scored repeatedly in transition, and Matoaca led 52-38 at the onset of the fourth quarter.
Despite nine more points from Myrick, that deficit proved insurmountable for Hopewell. While Matoaca failed to score from beyond the arc, the Warriors notched 25 field goals in all — seven more than Hopewell.
Boney finished with 19 points and Ariana Butler chipped in with seven for the Blue Devils.
Starling Jones had 10 points for Matoaca while Owens scored nine and accrued three steals. With the win, the Warriors improved to 2-3 in district play, 4-7 overall.
According to Lewis, Tweedy has hopes of playing at the next level and has already garnered interest from a handful of college suitors. The fleet-footed scorer’s recruitment, the coach said, will hinge on her ability to evolve into a pass-first point guard.
“She’s a scoring person,” Lewis said. “She’s got a nose for the ball and a nose for the basket. She has a great touch around the basket, so now we’re just trying to make it so that she can do more than just score.”
HHS: 14 12 12 11 – 49
MHS: 13 20 19 8 – 60
HOPEWELL: Lewis 0, Hubbard 0, Boney 19, Butler 7, Myrick 22, Brown 1, Hall 0, Harrington 0. Totals: 18 10-19 49. 3-pointers: Boney 2, Myrick.
Hopewell’s Ariana Butler (left) pulls down a rebound and looks for an outlet as Matoaca’s Stephanie Edmonds (right) and Amanda Mascia (14) defend during a Central District game on Thursday in Chesterfield. The Warriors won 60-49 (photo by David Breidenbach).