Hopewell Knocks Off Colonials Heights
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Dec 20, 2013, 09:51
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS—On the night that the Colonials honored their long-time girls basketball coach Jim Crinkley, Hopewell took an early lead and rode it to a 49-30 victory.
One of the team’s three starting freshman, Imani Vaughn knocked down six points in the early going as Hopewell leaped out to a 13-6 first quarter lead.
Tyvonna Canaday chipped in five of her nine first half points in the second quarter, as the Blue Devils took command of the game, scoring eight and holding the Colonials to two points.
“We’re building were young, we start three freshman,” Hopewell Coach Leonard Jackson said.
In his first year at the helm, Jackson has the team playing at a higher level than they have played in a long time. Credit the dynamic trio of freshmen, Vaughn, Tyan Hunter, and Daisah Jefferson for giving the Blue Devils the edge they had been looking for over the past several years. Add to that starting rotation the stability of senior Kerra Jones and the intensity of sophomore Canaday and the Lady Blue Devils present a formidable obstacle. And because they are young, Jackson expects them to do nothing but get better.
“I see that we’ve grown, but we’re still not where we need to be before we get into the conference schedule,” Jackson said.
For the Colonials, there were spots of good play late. The team managed to pump in 17 fourth quarter points, but the effort was too little too late as they could not close the huge gap the Blue Devils had opened up.
“We are not getting the ball down low; we’re still having a problem with that. The district is going to get a lot tougher now, but I think we’re getting there,” Colonials Coach Larry Fox said.
Canaday was the key ingredient for Hopewell’s scoring stew. Her 16 points led all scorers, and she was bolstered by Vaughn and Sharia Hubbard who pumped in nine points each. The Colonial’s got most of their production from guards Hannah Haynes and Lindsey Nowland, who each had seven points.
“We should be all right. We get a chance to practice the next two days,” Jackson said.