Lady Trojans victorious

Published 12:05 am Sunday, January 4, 2009

Erica Henderson and Niara Shipman paced the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans to yet another victory Saturday night in Troy. Henderson led the team with 17 points and Shipman chipped in 12 as the Lady Trojans dismantled Class 6A Robert E. Lee 41-24.

“We just played good defense and we created a lot of steals,” CHHS head coach Dyneshia Jones said. “They worked hard tonight together as a team. They did such a great job.”

The Lady Trojans (5-6) have won three of their last four games and seem to be hitting full steam as area play approaches. Charles Henderson heads to Ozark for the opening area game of the season against Carroll Tuesday.

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“This win means a lot for us as far as momentum goes,” Jones said. “Especially since they are a 6A school. It meant a lot to get this one before we start area.”

The Lady Trojans lost to Dothan Friday night, but they won the Providence Christian Tournament Dec. 29 in Providence.

The boys’ team suffered the opposite fate Saturday night against Robert E. Lee, losing 54-46.

“We coughed up another lead,” CHHS head coach Carl Hollis said. “We were up one with about a minute to play and we missed a layup and they went the other way to score and go up by one. Then they scored again and we were forced to foul.”

The Trojans committed 26 turnovers, were 8-of-16 from the free throw line, 15-of-45 from inside three-point range and 3-of-18 from beyond the arc.

“We are not playing like we want to win games,” Hollis said.

Hollis said he kept the team after the game to shoot free throws because they will need to do better from the line if they want to win when area play opens Tuesday.

“We have to hit our free throws,” he said. “And we have to take care of the ball. We threw the ball away too many times on inbounds plays. We played hard tonight, but not smart.”

Hollis said the season is still far from finished, but he is not happy with how his team is performing right now.

“I am a little disappointed in the decisions we are making on the floor right now,” Hollis said. “We can’t keep giving folks the ball.”

The Trojans face Carroll in Ozark to open area play Tuesday night beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the B team game.