WHITE HALL — This is not how White Hall wanted to go into its rivalry game with Watson Chapel.
Justin McCoy scored eight of Camden Fairview’s first 16 points and led the way in the Cardinals’ 69-51 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night. The loss keeps White Hall (3-11, 0-4 in 5A-South Conference) winless in the conference, with Tuesday’s showdown at their archrival looming.
McCoy, the Cardinals’ center, finished with 21 points to lead all scorers and added six rebounds. Braxton Hoof added 11 points and Cornelius Page had 10.
“We’re beginning to play pretty good,” Cardinals coach Keith Zachery said. “I got them late from football, and we’re finally getting a little rhythm going now, so I’m feeling pretty good.”
White Hall trailed all but the first 23 seconds of the game. The Bulldogs struggled to connect on short-range shots although the Cardinals forced them to alter some of their attempts and hit only 16 of 27 free throws.
“We’re our own worst enemies with turnovers and knocking the ball away from each other on layups,” White Hall coach Marc Stringer said. “I know we gave up several layups, and that’s on rotation. We’ve just got to keep getting better.”
Camden Fairview (9-8, 4-1) led 40-23 at halftime, holding on to a double-digit lead most of the second quarter. McCoy scored five of Camden Fairview’s first eight points of the third quarter, as the Cardinals went on to build a lead as big as 58-34 at quarter’s end.
“The last four games, he’s been beginning to find his rhythm, get his timing down, so he’s knocking down some big shots for us,” Zachery said.
LaMarcus Davis scored 11 points and had five rebounds to lead White Hall. Tyler Pirson added eight points.
“We’re trying to find our key players,” Stringer said. “We’ve played 13 different starters this season. All 13 probably have been the leading scorer at one point or another. We’re just a big pack right now. We don’t have any separation from the top guy. We’re still trying to find our identity.”