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VINCENT – Making your first look in a varsity basketball recreation can provide an enormous case of the jitters to even one of the best of highschool basketball gamers.
These first recreation jitters didn’t appear to hassle Warren freshman Aubrey Pepper one single bit Monday night as she led the Warriors to a 46-33 win over the visiting Athens Girl Bulldogs within the season opener for each groups.
All Pepper did was toss in 22 factors, yank down 14 rebounds and provide you with 4 steals on protection to make fairly an impression for the house of us watching her play her first recreation on the varsity stage.
“Not solely is she a extremely good participant, she’s a extremely good child,” mentioned Warren second-year head coach Brad Venham of his freshman. “She’s very coachable, needs to do proper on a regular basis, cares about her teammates and she or he is already an incredible chief.”
Pepper didn’t rating her first basket of the sport till the closing minute of the primary quarter when she knocked down a 3-pointer off of an help from junior Mackenzie James-McGuire to offer the Warriors a 12-9 lead.
The Warriors had trailed as much as that time regardless of 5 first-quarter factors from sophomore Hayleigh Chidester.
That three-pointer appeared to offer Pepper the arrogance enhance she wanted as she scored eight factors within the second quarter as Warren out-pointed the Bulldogs 14-10 to take a seven-point lead into the intermission.
A 3-pointer early within the second quarter by Athens junior Asa Holcombe had closed a Warrior result in three however a basket by James-McGuire and three straight two-pointers by Pepper gave Warren it’s first double-digit lead of the sport at 26-15.
The Bulldogs bought late buckets by Olivia Good and Quinn Banks to chop the result in seven on the break.
Holcombe kicked off the second half with one other Athens bucket to trim the result in 5 earlier than the Warrior offense started to click on.
An inside basket by James-McGuire put an finish to the Bulldog run and Pepper adopted together with her first basket of the second half.
Chidester prolonged the lead with a deuce off of an help from Sarah Pettey after which elevated the result in 12 by changing one-of-two on the charity stripe.
A bucket by Ella Chapman for Athens minimize the lead again to 10 earlier than Pepper knocked down her second 3-pointer within the recreation to shove the result in a game-high 13.
Chapman added a free throw within the closing seconds to drag the guests to inside 12 heading to the ultimate quarter.
Pepper confirmed off her athleticism on an excellent defensive play to begin the ultimate quarter as she deflected a move try into the entrance courtroom and out-raced everybody to the ball on the opposite facet which resulted in a straightforward lay-up.
That play appeared to energise the house crowd and consecutive baskets by senior Raylen Shotwell, Pepper and James-McGuire put issues fully out of attain because the Warriors went on to safe their first win of the yr.
Venham noticed glimpses of the potential his crew has with what he feels is a superb mix of youth and expertise.
“When you’ve gotten the flexibility to mix that type of power and expertise it’s one thing that we’re exited to see,” mentioned Venham. “Once they all begin clicking collectively we could be actually, actually good.”
Pepper added a pair of blocked pictures within the recreation whereas James-McGuire completed with 10 factors and 7 boards.
Chidester simply missed reaching double-figures with 9 factors.
Athens was led by Quinn Banks with 12 factors whereas Holcombe tossed in 11 factors to associate with six rebounds.
Regardless of the lopsided win, Venham was not fully happy along with his groups efforts.
“We missed manner too many lay-ups and free throws tonight,” mentioned Venham. “That’s not solely irritating to the coaches however it’s irritating to the gamers, too, as a result of they know they are often higher.
All in all coming away with a double-digit win over a strong crew like Athens was a great way to kick off the season.
“We battled and picked up a win in opposition to a younger, however proficient Athens crew,” mentioned Venham. “It’s good to know we discovered a method to win after we didn’t play our greatest basketball and the ladies aren’t happy as a result of they know they’ll play higher.”
The Warriors are scheduled to hit the highway for the primary time on Thursday night once they journey to New Lexington.