The Pine Bluff Fillies entered into Tuesday's contest against the McClellan Lady Lions in need of a win after dropping four straight. The match up was favorable for the Fillies, as the Lady Lions hadn't won a game all season.
The Fillies were able to jump out on top of the Lady Lions early to cruise to a 65-35 victory.
Kierra Brice was aggressive in transition to begin the game, and that helped open a Fillies' lead. Brice accounted for six of Pine Bluff's first 10 points in the first quarter. The Lady Lions took a conservative approach and took their time to get in their sets on the offensive end. However, the Fillies' defense was stout whenever they ran the set, forcing multiple turnovers and run-out opportunities. After one, the Fillies held a 15-7 advantage behind good defense and executing in transition.
Fillies ' Head Coach Alexandra Hart decided not to play Ineka Clark in the first quarter for an undisclosed reason, but she did enter the game to begin quarter two. Hart also went with a number of ninth grade Fillies, and Talah Hunt was one who stood out early. McClellan's J.B. Beasley began to insert herself midway through the second quarter, but her effort wasn't enough to keep the Fillies from opening their first double-digit lead. While playing a majority of ninth graders in quarter two, the Fillies took a 30-17 advantage into halftime.
McClellan came out of halftime playing better on both ends of the court. However, the Fillies were able to maintain their lead, as Lydia Deshazier did a nice job of running the offense. Clark had a big quarter for the Fillies by exploiting the Lady Lions in the post.
In the fourth quarter, the Fillies opened their first 20-point lead of the game with 5:35 to play. The Fillies got a nice contribution from their ninth graders throughout the game, as Hart took advantage of an opportunity to get them experience in a senior high game.
Beasley led all scorers with 19 points. Brice led all Zebra scorers with 14 points. The Pine Bluff Fillies will host the Mills Lady Comets Friday for the final home game of the season.