The Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats were victorious Tuesday in their conference opener against the Benton Lady Panthers 57-27.
The Lady Wildcats started the first quarter on a 9-0 run after a three-pointer that was made by T’aja Williams, along with two layups from Taylor Whitted and a layup from Wyvette Mayberry.
Watson Chapel went on to take a 19-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Williams and Whitted scored back-to-back baskets to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 23-3.
After a three-pointer and a free throw that was made by Benton’s Makenzy Davidson, Whitted added another basket, and Jerica Bell and Mayberry both added a score to give the Lady Wildcats a 29-9 at the end of the first half.
Davidson scored the first five points of the third quarter for the Lady Panthers, but another three-pointer from Williams and two layups from Whitted kept the Panthers from keeping the game close.
Mayberry made two three-point baskets, and Williams added a three-pointer as well to close out the quarter with a 49-21 lead for Watson Chapel.
Watson Chapel extended their lead to 30 points in the fourth quarter as they took a win on the road against Benton.
Whitted led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points. Mayberry and Williams contributed with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
For Benton, Davidson had a game-high of 19 points to lead the way for the Lady Panthers.
The Watson Chapel Wildcats fell short by a score 58-55 against the Benton Panthers on Tuesday night in their conference opener.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead to open the game. Willie Webster nailed a three-pointer to give the Wildcats their first points, but Carson Cates made a shot from behind the arc as well to give Benton a 7-3 lead.
After a made free throw from Webster, Berkarion Black was fouled on a made layup and knocked down the free throw for a three-point play to tie the game at 7-7.
Benton finished the quarter on a 10-3 run to take a 17-10 lead. The Panthers started the second quarter on a 6-0 run after three straight baskets from Jai Peters, Maleek McClendon and Dylan Robbins to put the score at 23-10.
The Wildcats gained some momentum after five straight points after Markevion Harris made a three-pointer and a layup.
Benton scored four more points, but Webster and Harris scored Watson Chapel’s last six points to cut Benton’s lead to 30-21 at halftime.
In the beginning of the third quarter, Harris knocked down a three-pointer to jumpstart the Wildcats.
After four straight points from Benton, Harris made and layup, and Webster made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 34-29 midway through the third quarter.
With Benton leading 38-31 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Panthers took a 48-35 lead after a 10-4 run.
However, the Wildcats cut Benton’s lead down to 48-43 after a three-pointer play from Kaleb Hill, and a three-pointer and two free throws from Harris.
After the 8-0 run, Watson Chapel’s foul trouble put Benton in the bonus that led to their final ten points to come from free throws.
Webster scored ten of the Wildcats final 12 points, but the comeback fell short by three points.
The Wildcats were led by Webster as he finished with 24 points, while Harris followed with 17 points. For Benton, Peters led with 16 points, and Evan Sims added 15 points.