CALHOUN FALLS — McCormick High School girls basketball coach Gena Wideman knew Calhoun Falls had strong shooters who, if they got in rhythm, would be capable of burying the Chiefs from long range. Wideman knew her team needed to take control early.
And the Chiefs did just that.
After Calhoun Falls' Alayshia Davis started the scoring with a 3-pointer, McCormick rampaged Calhoun Falls with a 16-0 run en route to an 18-6 first quarter.
From then on, the Chiefs cruised to a 64-19 win.
"It was very important (to grab a big lead)," Wideman said. "They have some very good shooters, and I'm conscious of that. We just had to make sure we were out on those shooters because if not, the confidence would have been there, they would've took over the game and we would've been struggling.
"I needed to take away from our struggle."
McCormick's early run came off the success of its defense. Running a 3-2 zone with all-state center Narquevia Jennings playing the point, the Chiefs forced eight turnovers in the first quarter to stymie the Flashes, turning many of those turnovers into easy baskets.
"I was very happy with the defense in the first quarter," Wideman said. "They came out and played hard and did what I expected them to do."
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