DHS girls’ hoops win district opener

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
DHS sophomore guard Janira Collier led the Lady Tigers with 15 points in the district-opener win against Franklin last week.

The DHS girls’ basketball team (13-8, 1-0) opened its district play at home against Franklin last week and walked away with a convincing 54-42 win, led by sophomore guard Janira Collier with 15 points.

Second year head coach Nikeyah Walker said the team can’t ask for anything more than a win to kick off district play.

The team crept out to a slow pace and slow start offensively and only led 16-12 after the opening quarter. To start the second quarter Walker told the team to pick up the pressure with full court defense.

“When we dropped back in the zone we got a little lazy but once we applied the full court pressure we were able to make some turnovers and make some easy buckets,” Walker said.

The pressure led to many layups from Collier, and opened up the driving lanes for senior guard Xenet Carter who finished with 9 points. While the driving lanes opened, Carter was able to distribute the ball to the outside shooters as Blair Harvey, Ambrosia Johnson and Whitley Bunch were able to knock down some big shots down the stretch.

Bunch, came off the bench and added a season-high of eight points, including two three-pointers.

“Whitley is a really good three-point shooter and I just wanted to get her in tonight and get some shots and she did really well and knocking down some shots,” Walker said. “She did a great job for us tonight off the bench.”

The Lady Tigers will travel to Patterson on Friday night, and return home to host Berwick at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.