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Camden girls overwhelm Lady Demons

Posted: December 7, 2013 11:20 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Sometimes, the less said the better.
For different reasons, both Camden head coach Natalie Jeffcoat and her friend and opposite number at Lugoff-Elgin, Von Duncan, were at a loss for words following Camden’s 81-18 dismantling of the host Lady Demons on Friday night inside the Demons Den.
For the young hostesses, this was another learning opportunity as they fell to 0-3 on the season. Across the way, the visiting Lady Bulldogs stayed perfect through two regular season contests in a game which was close for all of a few seconds after the visitors answered a Jasmine Sexton layin off the opening tip with 14 straight points as Camden roared to a 26-4 lead after one quarter.
Camden would place eight of the 10 players it dressed out into the scoring column led by senior Sharneece Gary’s 19 points. Treana Perry, Quasha Jefferson and Ariyan Massey added a dozen each with Donyea Wilson coming off the bench to score a career-best 10 points in the romp.
“Everybody got some good minutes and good game experience. That was a plus, for sure,” Jeffcoat said of the positives she saw from her team on this night.
Duncan, who is fielding virtually an entirely new roster, which was without its lone holdover from a year ago in injured guard Tierra Hodge, shook her head when asked about this being a rebuilding year and her staff having to show patience with so many newcomers to the varsity team.
“We have to be patient with this group,” she said. “We just told our girls to go out, hustle and play hard.”
When asked about her team’s intensity, Duncan said the learning curve from a group which, last year at this time, was playing middle school ball to making the jump to 4A competition is a big one.
“We have girls who were playing for Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and Stover Middle school last season,” Duncan said. “They are playing hard, but it’s not the playing hard which we want, yet.”
In leading Camden in scoring for the second time in as many games, Gary opened this contest by draining her first two 3-point attempts to touch off the visitors’ 14-0 run which was interrupted by an Abby Gary 15-foot runner as L-E trimmed the deficit to 14-4 at the 3:12 mark of the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldog defense and its decided height advantage made sure this would be as close as this game would get as stickbacks by Brown and Brooke Dixon came in the middle of a quarter-closing 12-0 rally which was capped by Gary and Brown each knocking down a pair of free throws in the closing minute.
Like it did to open the game, L-E started the second quarter with Abby Gary hitting a short jumper. Camden closed the first half by answering with a 14-2 run as Jeffcoat continued a pattern of liberal substitutions on her end of the floor as the Lady Bulldogs held a commanding 40-8 lead at intermission.
With so many players and different combinations being used, Jeffcoat said her biggest concern in playing with such a large lead was the chance that her girls might develop bad habits and stray from the game plan.
“Absolutely,” she answered in response to a question dealing with that. “We talked about trying to play consistently and make sure the effort was there and not become complacent.”
Camden was anything but complacent as Perry dropped in eight third quarter points as the guests extended their lead to 57-14 after three stanzas.
The Lady Bulldogs would open the final quarter with a 23-1 run to hike the lead to 80-15. The Lady Demons would get a Kristian Wells free throw followed by a Sexton layin to close out their scoring.

CHS (81): Sharneece Gary 6 3-4 19, Nikki Lee 2 0-0 4, Brooke Dixon 2 5-7 9, Quasha Jefferson 6 1-2 12, Ariyan Massey 5 2-13 12, Donyea Wilson 4 2-2 10, Treana Perry 5 2-3 12, Janai Crim 1 0-0 2. Totals: 31 15-21 81
   L-E (18): Jasmine Sexton 2 0-0 4, Abby Gary 2 1-4 5, Alyssa Weems 1 0-0 2, Kristian Wells 1 1-2 3, Saige McLeod 1 0-0 2, Ebonie Ross 1 0-0 2. Totals: 8 2-6 18
   Score by quarters: First: CHS, 26-4; Halftime: CHS, 40-8; Third: CHS, 57-14; Three-point goals: L-E none, CHS 4 (Gary 4)

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