MINT HILL, NC – The independence Lady Patriots the #3 seed in the 4A Conference 59 Championship Tournament defeated the #6 Lady Ravens 64-32 in convincing fashion.
This contest was in no doubt as Indy controlled the tempo of this game from the start. They first jumped out on a 9-0 run on the accurate shooting of conference scoring leader Kaylee Carson who scored all 9 points during this run. It was broken when Danasia Sanders scored on a second shot opportunity off a rebound, she was fouled to complete a 3 point play when she drilled a free throw.
Enter freshman Kamryn Kitchen who then calmly swished a 3-point shot just outside the top of the key giving Indy a 12-3 lead, she followed up with a steal and took it to the hoop for another basket. Then Chloe Moss hit a jumper and the Ravens called for a timeout down 16-3. The timeout seemed to inspire the Ravens as suddenly they had their own 8-0 run, before Lily Todd scored on a power drive to the basket. The Patriots now called for a timeout ahead 18-11. However, the Pats defense shut down any momentum the Ravens gained. They scored all the remaining points to take a 25-11 lead after one period of play. Kaylee Carson scored 14 points in the period, Kitchen added 7 to lead Indy. While Sanders had 5 points Amani Womack added 4 for Rocky River.
In the second frame, Indy outscored the Ravens 20-10. Moss led the charge with 7 points, Kitchen added 5 for Indy. The defense played solid, the home team used their height advantage under the boards, taking ball control by not allowing second shot opportunities to occur for the Ravens who never stopped battling. However, by halftime during the intermission break Indy had a comfortable 45-21 edge feeling pretty confident at this point in the game. Now they had to finish strong in the second half to complete the victory.
During the third period, the Patriots came out motivated and basically put this game away by thrashing the Ravens in all aspects of the basketball game. Indy outscored their local rival 12-2, shutdown the Ravens offensive threats, with only Womack scoring on two free throws for the visitors. By the end of the period Indy led 57-23. Any hopes of a Ravens comeback or upset was now seriously diminished.
Indy started the final frame with their subs for almost 5 minutes, than returned all five starters with 3:25 remaining in the contest to secure the victory propelling them to the second round of the tournament as expected.
Carson led all scorers with 20 points, Kitchen 15, Moss 13, Lola Cabaniss-Ali 6, Tamia Burgess 4 for Indy. While Sanders had 13, and Womack 10 for the Ravens.