Beverly Kelley scores 24 in Trojan win

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ashley Beverly Kelley scored a game-high 24 points as the Lady Trojans defeated the West Alabama Tigers 103-72 to begin the 2015-16-basketball season.

“It was great to get our first win at Trojan arena,” said Trojans head coach Chandra Rigby. “We had a fantastic crows. We had a lot of schools here. It was a great day inside Trojan arena.”

In their last two games, including their exhibition win over Stillman, the Trojans have combined to score 221, but according to Rigby they still have a long way to go to reach their full potential.

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“I don’t think we have reached our full potential yet,” Rigby said. “That sounds like it’s a lot for a women’s basketball game, but that’s what we work on doing – we want to score 120 points per game.”

The Trojans’ goal at least during the early stages of the season is to bring as many players off the bench as possible. At times Rigby implements a hockey style shift change, bringing in five players from the bench. That strategy paid off on Friday, as all 13 players got in the game and all but one was able to get on the scoreboard.

“It’s hard to pick a starting five on this team,” Rigby said. “We are subbing five at a time. We are trying to teach the team to play very hard in a spurt of about two minutes. We have a lot of depth once they get used to the pace of subbing in and out.”

One of the players sure to see a lot of playing time is Beverly Kelley. For the 25th time in her career on Friday, the senior posted at least 20 points. There were times when she had the defense guessing going behind her back with the basketball and cutting inside for an easy layup.

“This summer I really worked on my ball handling,” she said.

After being beat a few times on the full court press Rigby elected to switch to a half court set to stop the Tigers.

“We have worked on our half court defense a lot this year,” Rigby said. “When we have to resort in playing half court defense, I think we will be better at it this year. I think it really showed today.”

Along with Kelley, the Trojans had three other players score in double figures on Friday. Caitlyn Ramirez had 18 points in the game, along with four rebounds and two block shots. Rachel Reid finished with 12 points while Ta’Kierra Gibbs finished with 10.

The Troy Trojans will be back in action Nov. 17 when they travel to Birmingham to take on Samford.