WHITE HALL — A second quarter drought by White Hall gave all the spacing Sheridan needed as the Yellowjackets defeated the Bulldogs 52-41 Friday night.
“They did a good job slowing down our transition and that hurt us a little bit,” White Hall head coach Marc Stringer said.
Sheridan went on a 15-2 run in the second quarter to jump out to a 30-14 lead. It wasn’t till White Hall’s Malik Corley hit a pair of free throws with 4:18 left in the second quarter when the Bulldogs finally scored.
“We are still learning,” Stringer said. “We couldn’t change or adjust to what they were doing.
“Hats off to them. They made the adjustments right and it just took us a little while to overcome it.”
Sheridan’s lead was cut to six with about 2:25 left in the first half when Corley hit two more free throws.
Sheridan controlled the ball from there, including burning almost 2 minutes off the clock on just one possession to end the half.
“I didn’t think they were going to come out and hold the ball like that,” Stringer said. “I know why he did it and I probably would have done in that situation too.”
Sheridan stretched its lead to 12 points thanks to a three-pointer by junior Chris Whitman and back-to-back buckets by junior Austen Theiss.
By the end of the third quarter, Sheridan led 42-34.
Sheridan completed three alley-oops in the first half. The first alley-oop came at the beginning the game, when Whitman lifted a pass to junior Dylan Morris to give the Yellowjackets a 2-0 lead.
They connected again in the second quarter to take a 17-14 lead with about 7:26 left in the first half. And the final alley-oop came later in the same quarter for a 27-14 lead.
Theiss scored 14 points for Sheridan. Morris scored 13 and Bowlin contributed with 11 points.
White Hall had just one player in double digits as J’Breun Steen had 11 points. Percy Arnold had eight and Lamarcus Davis chipped in with six.
D.J. Freeman, who had been one of White Hall’s scoring leaders, was held to just four points in the first half.
“We got him some shots, but he didn’t have a good shooting night,” Stringer said. “He missed several shots that he normally gets.
“That is going to happen sometimes.”
White Hall will not play again until it faces Sheridan there next Friday.
“We will play them again in a week,” Stringer said. “We will see how that goes.”