Watson Chapel outscored White Hall 13-3 in the second quarter and withstood a second-half rally by the Lady Bulldogs to win 54-41 Tuesday night at home.
“I thought it was a game of two halves,” Watson Chapel (11-6, 5-0 in 5A-South Conference) head coach Leslie Henderson said. “The second quarter was big in the first half and our outside shooting, we shot it well.
“I thought it was in the difference.”
Henderson said in the second half, White Hall “put it to us in the third quarter.”
“Megan Moore and Kierra Cox pulled us back up to get the momentum,” Henderson said. “I thought Megan shot it well, she is a good shooter.
“Kierra just out hustled. She was in there rebounding even though she is the smallest kid on the court.
“Just hustling and rebounding.”
White Hall (6-11, 1-5) scored 12 points in the third quarter to get within six by the end of the quarter.
White Hall’s Jae’Lisa Allen made two free throws to begin the third quarter and Lindsey Williams followed with a jumper to cut the deficit to 31-21.
A rebound and putback by Alexis Winston got the game within eight points with 6:24 to play in the third quarter.
“I was proud of my kids,” White Hall head coach Mike Upshaw said. “Coming into one of the top-ranked teams in the state in the 5A and playing like they did.
“We have struggled here a little bit lately and our challenge to our kids is they’ve got to be ready to play.”
A bucket from Winston and a steal and pair of free throws from Charese Simpson cut the deficit to 33-29 with about 1:48 left to play in the game.
Cox increased Chapel’s lead to 37-31 with a bucket right before the quarter ended.
“I was proud of our kids,” Upshaw said. “We were diving on the floor and fighting for every loose ball.”
Upshaw said as long as his kids put forth this kind of effort, he doesn’t care what the score is at the end of the game.
“Our kids played hard,” Upshaw said. “Now our challenge is to take this and play with the same kind of intensity for the rest of the season.”
For Watson Chapel, senior Kamera Bozeman led the team with 14 points. Cox finished with 13 points and Moore contributed with seven points. Senior Leonicia Hart scored 10 points.
For White Hall, Allen led the team with 11 points and Williams chipped in with eight points.