CHHS girls claim area title with win over Ashford

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans took home the area tournament title by beating Ashford on Monday night. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans took home the area tournament title by beating Ashford on Monday night. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

A few weeks ago Charles Henderson head coach Dyneshia Jones said that it wouldn’t be right for her team to go 6-0 in the area, and not win the tournament.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Trojans proved that the regular season record was no fluke, as the beat the Ashford Lady Yellow Jackets 50-35 to claim the area tournament title.

The game featured six lead changes, and for the first three quarters the largest lead either team could get was four points.

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Charles Henderson outscored Ashford 17-6 in the final quarter to break the game open and never look back.

“Right before the half we were able to get a lot of steals,” said Jones. “But we were not able to capitalize on those mistakes by them. I told them to just keep doing what they are doing, putting pressure on them, and we would be able to get a win.”

The Trojans were led on offense by Alexis Jones. Jones finished with 17 points, and hit five threes during the game.

Dyneshia told the Alexis to keep putting the ball up, and stick with the hot shooting.

“She justs has to keep shooting,” said Dyneshia. “I got on to her a couple of times for not following her shot, but told her to keep shooting and that they were going to fall. She is a set shooter, and they were leaving her open. She was hitting them all night.”

Charles Henderson had four players named to the all tournament team: Jones, Asia Reaves, Camille Martin and tournament MVP India Blakely.

Blakely, just a freshman, had nine points in the title game. Jones said that Blakely has been practicing with the varsity team for years.

“She is going to be very special for the next few seasons,” said Jones. “She has been with us since elementary school, at least practicing anyway. She gave us a spark on defense, and good things happen when she gets the ball.”

The win for Charles Henderson gave the Trojans an perfect 8-0 record against area teams, and combined with the boys team the school finished 16-0.

“It is pretty impressive when you think about it,” said Jones. “I don’t think that has been done since Coach Hollis and I got here. It is a great day to be a Trojan.”

Charles Henderson will host St. James on Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14 in the sub-regional round of the playoffs.

“We are ready,” said Jones. “Now is not the time to let up, and we aren’t going to. Now is the time to peak.”

Charles Henderson and St. James tip off at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Betty Wagoner Hall in Troy.