Following the first quarter, Dollarway didn’t leave much doubt in showing how good it is.
A deep Cardinals team disrupted Fordyce’s half-court game all night and scored 16 unanswered points in a 4½-minute span going into the third quarter, cruising past the Redbugs for a 63-30 victory Tuesday at Dollarway Fieldhouse. The win is Dollarway’s sixth straight following a season-opening loss.
Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said he knew Fordyce didn’t have much experience returning from last season’s 3A state tournament team, but he didn’t imagine the game would be so decisive.
“We’ve got young guards, and that’s going to happen when you have inexperienced players,” Fordyce coach Stan Jones said. “I only have one starter coming back from last year, and when you’re starting over again and the kids have never played before, you’re going to have those (struggles) early. I think we’ll be better down the line.”
The Cardinals of the 2-4A Conference held the defending 8-3A champion Redbugs to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters, leading 14-5 after one quarter, 29-12 at halftime and 55-18 through three. Fordyce (3-3) never led but tied Dollarway 3-3 and 5-5 before the Cardinals got going.
Davonne Chapman scored 12 points to lead the Cardinals, continuing his bloom into a go-to guy that started in the previous postseason, when the team reached the 4A state semifinals.
“He’s worked really hard over the summer, and really he presents a lot of matchup problems,” Berry said. “He can put the ball on the floor, he can shoot from outside, he can take you down low and post you up and play defense. He’s really just complete.”
DeQuan Christmas and LaMarcus Hawkins each added six for Dollarway.
Dollarway hit 22 of 43 from the field, including 8 of 10 in the third quarter. The Cardinals scored many of their points on fast breaks off countless turnovers, which limited the Redbugs’ shot opportunities.
Fordyce, which shot 8 of 28 from the field, fell behind 53-15 late in the third quarter after giving up four straight baskets off turnovers. Rashad Allen led the Redbugs with 11 points, scoring eight in the fourth quarter, and Devonta Moore totaled six.
Even with their winning streak, some of the Cardinals who finished their football season last month are still trying to get football out of them, Berry said.
“That first game, we were shorthanded. We had eight guys,” Berry said. “With the guys coming out of football, they’re still in football mode. They really ain’t found their shot yet.”