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Published 9:40 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014

Alexis Jones drives to the basket.

Alexis Jones drives to the basket.

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans did what they have done all season—dominate an opponent for four quarters—en route to a 48-6 win over Headland to advance to the Class 4A Area 3 tournament championship game.

Charles Henderson was dominant throughout the game, especially on defense. It took a while for the Lady Trojans to get going on offense, but, once they found their groove, they could not be stopped.

Neither team scored for the first two minutes of the game. Tysheria Ryles opened the scoring for Charles Henderson, and Alexis Jones added five points in the first quarter to give the Trojans a 12-2 lead after one.

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It was more of the same in the second quarter. Ryles and Jones both knocked down threes, and Ashanti Burks, India Blakely and Taj Brundidge chipped in buckets of their own. Charles Henderson held a commanding 24-6 lead going in to halftime.

While Headland had trouble solving the Lady Trojans’ defense in the first half, the Lady Rams had no answers for Charles Henderson’s suffocating press in the second half.

The Lady Trojans closed the game on a 30-0 run, and the Lady Rams did not score in the second half.

Senior Alexis Jones led the way for the Lady Trojans with 15 points. Ryles and Blakely each added eight points.

The win secures Charles Henderson a spot in the Class 4A Area 3 championship game. The Lady Trojans will play Ashford, who beat Bullock County earlier on Thursday, in the title game. Charles Henderson has already beaten Ashford twice this season, 58-34 and 50-29.

The win is also the eighth straight for the Lady Trojans. Charles Henderson last lost on Jan. 10 against Bullock County.

Charles Henderson head coach Dyneshia Jones praised her team’s defense after the win. “We played well on defense all night,” Jones said. “It took a minute for us to get going on offense, but our defense was there all night. They only scored six points in the first half and didn’t score in the second half. Our defense was the major factor in the game.”

Charles Henderson and Ashford will play for the area title at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Troy.