CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN: Charles Henderson sweeps Pike County
Published 3:00 am Friday, January 29, 2016
Mammoth dunks, hard block shots and long distance three-pointers all played a role in the Trojans’ 58-45 win over cross-county rival Pike County Bulldogs.
With the win the Trojans (13-6) now have swept the Bulldogs on the season.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Trojans head coach Carl Hollis. “We played better tonight. We played with more intensity tonight and we played a lot smarter. We were able to hit the big shot but we still need to work on going inside.”
The Bulldogs battled the entire game and tried to make a late run, but according to Bulldogs head coach Doug Holland it wasn’t because a lack of effort.
“I thought we played really good tonight” Holland said. “We did really well the last five minutes of the game. They (Charles Henderson) played well tonight. They played with a lot of intensity.”
Charles Henderson held the lead throughout the entire game, and the Bulldogs only tied the score at 3-3 in the early first period.
CHHS’ height helped them dominate. Players like Josh Roberts and Kelshaun Campbell had big nights for the Trojans.
“Josh did a great job for us tonight,” Hollis said. “He and Kelshaun both had a good night. Every body gave us a lift tonight and even the players off the bench came in and did a good job. I am proud of them tonight.”
The Trojans closed out the first quarter with a 21-12 lead. Jalente Smith scored 11 of the team’s 15 points in the second quarter after converting on three shots from behind the arc. Smith was the catalyst for the Trojans all evening finishing with 19 points.
“Smitty (Smith) did a great job for us tonight,” Hollis said. “He played smarter than he has played all year.”
The Bulldogs were able to cut away at their deficit and entered halftime trailing the Trojans 36-27. The Bulldogs scored the first five points of the half and got to within four points, forcing Hollis to call a timeout. Both teams matched each other point-for-point in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs did all they could do to mount a comeback but CHHS slammed the door shut for a senior night win.
Along with Smith’s 17 points, Campbell finished with 10 points while Roberts finished with eight.
For the Bulldogs (11-8), Kamari Jackson and Deshon Cowling finished with 11 points while Jerrell Lawson finished with nine.
Earlier in the evening, the Lady Trojans triumphed over the Bulldogs 54-15. The win for the Lady Trojans is also the second time of the season they have beaten the Bulldogs.
“Overall I am pleased with how they played tonight,” said Trojans head coach Dyneshia Jones . “It’s one of those bittersweet days with our seniors playing their last home game. It’s always nice to get a win on senior night with all the festivities going on.”
Maori Davenport lead the Trojans with 16 points while India Blakely finished with nine. Every player on the Trojans roster scored in the win. Sha’Quavia McKinney lead the Bulldogs with eight.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday when they travel to play Cottonwood, while the Trojans will travel to take on Abbeville on Saturday.