Waynesville routs the Lady Blue Jays 60-31 in the Lady Tigers' first game in 10 days
In their first action since the Rolla Holiday Tournament, the Waynesville Lady Tigers clipped the Marshfield Blue Jays 60-31 Monday night.
Four Lady Tigers reached double digits in scoring – ReShawna Stone (19), Ashton Pilz (13), Kiara Shoulders (11) and Nina Kizzee.
Stone said sharing the ball isn't just a priority for Waynesville, it's something they genuinely enjoy.
“We were making sure we had spacing,” Stone said. “We love to dish it in to people cutting.”
Turnovers bogged down both offenses in the first couple of minutes of the first quarter as Waynesville and Marshfield shambled to a 5-5 score. There were 14 turnovers in the first quarter with eight of them committed by the Jays.
However, the Lady Tigers ended the first quarter on an 11-5 run to take a six-point lead.
Waynesville's hot shooting continued in the second as they opened with an 11-0 run – seven of the points coming from Stone – to widen their advantage to 27-10 with 4:53 remaining in the half.
Marshfield answered with six unanswered points before the teams traded baskets to end the half with a 32-20 Tigers' lead.
Turnovers remained an issue for both teams as they had nine between them with Marshfield committing five.
There were 41 total turnovers in the game – 25 by the Jays.
Waynesville coach Brittany Matlock said her team has used the break to practice defending without committing fouls.
“After the Rolla tournament we definitely found some stuff defensively that we needed to work on,” Matlock said. “We've been doing that and telling the girls they can play without using their hands and still move their feet and kind of get away from those fouls. We have ended up in foul trouble in our last few games.”
That was not an issue Monday, as Waynesville sent Marshfield to the charity stripe just one time all evening and it came in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers defense clamped down in the final two frames, holding the Blue Jays to eight points in the third and three in the fourth.
Not only will the blowout victory be used as a confidence booster as Waynesville gets back into the groove of a regular schedule but it also served as a tuneup Matlock said.
“We have Hickman on Thursday and next week going into Lebanon,” she said. “So, we know we have some tough opponents.
“We were able to work on some things and have a little success. Hopefully, we can carry that over.”
Other than the four who reached double digits, Payton Aragon added six points for the Lady Tigers.
For Marshfield, Zoe Bisby led with 13. Then it was Dani Brewer who had six, Caitlin King and Emma Tibbs gave the Jays four, Alexis Moon and Savanna Vance chipped in two.