Colonials Split Double-Header With Dragons
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Dec 4, 2013, 10:01
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Coming off an opening season three-point loss to Lafayette Monday night, the Colonials were looking to gain some stability against the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Dragons.
It took them to the second quarter to get there, as they scored 23 points to open a 15-point lead, 36 to 21 halftime bulge on their way to a 70-39 victory. For the Colonials, it was a chance to work on defense and find some scoring, as the young team attempts to gain bearing before heading into the meat of their season.
“We played extremely well. We have a lot of young kids, only two kids on the varsity played last year. The excitement of the game is getting to them right now and we have to learn to control that,” Colonials Coach John Thomas Jr. said.
The Colonials have five sophomores, five juniors, and five seniors on the roster. Only two of the seniors played on the team last season, so this season looks a lot like a rebuilding year early. But the return on the change seems promising in the early going.
After finishing the first quarter with a 13-11 lead, the flow of the game changed rapidly for the Colonials. Jacob Ezell, whose 16 points was tops in the game, came in and had an immediate affect pumping in seven points on a three, a short jump shot and a pair of free throws. Brian Madly chipped in six points, and Brandon Baker had four.
Ezell was a steady influence hitting three treys for the Colonials throughout the game, and Baker was very strong at times in the paint. Jered Morgan’s 14 points, six in the third quarter, helped the Colonials maintain the lead when the Dragons were battling to get back into the game.
Alonzo Scott led the Dragon’s third quarter rally with seven of his team high 15 points, and Nick Mason pumped in four points in the quarter. Three Dragons struck from long range, with Scott, Melvin Hill, and Zach Campbell all hitting three pointers.
“We have to make sure that we play good defense. At times we got kind of lethargic and didn’t think through the plays and allowed easy buckets. As long as we start with a good nucleus of players, we can learn and grow as the season goes on,” Thomas said.
ARGS 49, Colonial Heights 16
Last season, the Colonials had trouble scoring and on defense. This season, the early returns seem to be the same. The Colonials had only two points through the first 15 minutes of play Tuesday night in their 49-16 loss to the Appomattox River Governor’s School before exploding for eight points in the final minute of the first half.
But that surge would be the biggest run for the Colonials as they could only muster six additional points in the second half. Against Poquoson on Monday, the Colonials did a better job scoring, but still fell by 23 points. Amber Harris’ six points was tops for the Colonials. Taylor Banty and Brooke Musselwhite had four points each.
The Dragons had less of a problem getting into the scoring column. Jessica Presely scored 12 points, and Aja Boyd and Jakara White each scored 11 to lead the Dragons.
3-point goals — ARGS:Scott, Hill, Campbell; CH: Ezell 3, Nightingdale.
Highlights — ARGS: Scott 15 points, one three pointer; N. Mason 9 points; CH: Ezell 16 points, 3 three pointers; Morgan 14 points, Baker 8 points, Nightingdale three pointer.
Girls - Dragons 49Colonials 16
ARGS (1-0) — Crawley 8, Presley 12, Boyd 11, Banks 0, Wilson 2, James 0, White 11, Henderson 5. Totals 19 6-11 49.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS (0-2) — Haynes 0, Moore 2, Schoot 0, Harris 6, B. Musselwhite 4, Blankeship 0, S. Musselwhite 0, Banty 4, Nowland 0, Groover 0, Dycus 0, Rodgers 0. Totals 4 7-24 16.