South Charleston freshman Aaliyah Dunham, left, guards George Washington's Jessica Lowen during their game on Tuesday night at George Washington High School. Dunham hit all five of her 3-point attempts, finishing with 20 points in the Black Eagles' 56-38 victory.
South Charleston's Brianna Moor, left, chases George Washington's Alanna Mobayed.
South Charleston's Lina Villanueva, right, guards George Washington's Alanna Mobayed.
George Washington's Hailey Stewart, center, gets tangled up against South Charleston's Rhea Smith & Lueretee Landis.
South Charleston Coach Gary Greene talks to his team during a timeout.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The South Charleston High girls basketball team hadn't exactly shown a sharpshooting touch through its first three games.But in their fourth game, the Black Eagles clicked on all cylinders, built a 22-point halftime lead and cruised to a 56-38 road win over George Washington on Tuesday night.SC freshman point guard Aaliyah Dunham led all scorers with 20 points, including five-of-five from 3-point range.Overall the Black Eagles (3-1) connected on 7-of-12 3-point attempts and their second Top 10 Class AAA opponent, having beaten No. 2 Logan last week. Ninth-ranked George Washington fell to 0-2 on the season.
"We got in an early hole," GW Coach Jamie LaMaster said. "From what I had seen and what I had watched, I didn't feel like they were great outside shooters."I knew they were good athletes and could do a lot of things on the court, so the philosophy was squeeze early and make them shoot, and unfortunately they started hitting."With the Black Eagles bombing away over the Patriots' zone defense, LaMaster was forced to switch to a defense that left his squad at a definite disadvantage."Then I've got to go to more of a man type look, where it's hard for me to match player for player," LaMaster said. "I compliment South Charleston. They're young, they're athletic, they're talented and they play hard. They're fast at all five positions and they can come in with size also, so they've got a nice combination."Taliah Cashwell and Briana Moore contributed nine points apiece for South Charleston, while Lina Villanueva added eight.
It wasn't all bright spots for the Black Eagles, however.After putting up 38 points in the first half, SC netted just 18 in the final two quarters, including three points in the final 8 minutes.The Black Eagles' lull allowed GW to trim a lead that extended to as many as 29 points down 19 in the final minutes."The kids are working hard, but the little things almost caught up with us again," South Charleston Coach Gary Greene said. "In the first half we played pretty good and made minimal fundamental type mistakes. In the third quarter we started out a little bit, but for a quarter and a half we just did not play well at all."Most of the time if you play a team the quality of George Washington, or one of the better teams, and you're fortunate to win by this many points you're happy."But I'm not happy with the way we won it. We didn't finish things off."
George Washington was led by Alanna Mobayed's 10 points, while Maria Romeo contributed nine.Both teams will be back in action Thursday when the Patriots host Winfield and South Charleston visits Riverside. Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m.