Saluda's Yamia Johnson dribbles down the court Friday trailed by Abbeville's Quasha Martin.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
SALUDA — Trailing 10-7 at the end of the first quarter Friday night against Abbeville, Saluda High School girls basketball coach Jeanette Wilder wanted her team to turn up the heat defensively in the second quarter.
What her players responded with was a dominating performance that earned them just enough wiggle room to pull out a win.
The Tigers outscored Abbeville 19-3 in the quarter to take a 13-point halftime advantage, an advantage of which they would need every point to hang on for a 46-45 victory.
Though the Panthers valiantly rallied in the fourth quarter, the difference was in the second, when Saluda’s full-court pressure defense completely shut down Abbeville, which turned the ball over 11 times in the second quarter alone.
“That’s our style,” Wilder said. “We’ve got to work hard on defense to get ourselves some baskets. We tried to generate some fast break points, and we did just that.”
The defensive shift by Saluda (8-3 overall, 1-2 Region 2-AA) blindsided Abbeville (6-5, 1-2), which had trouble simply making it past half-court for most of the period.
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