CENTRAL HIGH – This was not the kind of start Central High head coach Lance Osburn wanted.
Not the kind of performance. Not the outcome.
Central’s girls committed 13 first-quarter turnovers and failed to score in the game’s initial eight minutes Friday, as Snyder rolled to a 50-22 victory over the homestanding Lady Bronchos in the season opener for both teams.
Osburn wanted to see his charges control the tempo and handle pressure defense – their Achilles heal last season. Instead, the second-year Central High coach picked up where it left off in February and wilted under a goading Snyder press.
“All around ballhandling, passing – we just came out flat tonight,” Osburn said. “We know we’re better than that, and we have to perform better than that if we want a chance to compete against some people. Hopefully, when we get back from (Thanksgiving) break, we’ll be able to clean up some things and have them work.”
Central High struggled to crack the Snyder full-court zone press. The Lady Bronchos managed to take just four field goals in the first quarter, as Snyder vaulted to a 15-0 advantage at the first break. Snyder increased its lead to 36-10 at intermission.
“We have to learn to control ourselves,” Osburn said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes. We have to play our tempo. We let them push us the way they wanted to go. They dictated the game. We have to learn to slow down and play our way.”
Snyder led by 35 at the end of the third quarter and coasted the rest of the way.
Small forward Ruthie Hargrove hit two treys and led Central with 6 points. Power forward Andi Standridge and center Kellie Archer each added 5.
The Lady Bronchos hit nine field goals and went 1-of-2 from the line.
Snyder’s Rylee Granger led all scorers with 25 points, including 16 in the second stanza alone. She went 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Sydney Stephens added 10 points, with 6 of them coming in the first quarter.
Central High will play host to Sterling at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.
Kelly Wray is a freelancer for The Duncan Banner specializing in sports coverage. For more of Wray’s sports writing focusing on Stephens County athletes, visit thelockerroom.blog.