Cards gain momentum, tame Bulldogs 83-59 – Winchester Sun

In a first-half dogfight between the George Rogers Clark High School and Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School basketball teams on Friday night in Winchester, it seemed like the swing could switch between the two times at any time.

The second half would be a different story, however.

Accompanied by a 14-0 run in the second quarter, the Cardinals were able to pull out a narrow 4-point lead at half-time on the way to a convincing 83:59 victory over the Bulldogs.

“Our guys know Dunbar is really good … so they know they have to be ready to play,” said Head Coach Josh Cook. “They wanted to focus mentally and knew how to play well.”

While the Cardinals were able to show offensive on their own to get the game started, the Bulldogs also showed why they came out victorious in three of their last four competitions. Max Van Dyke’s 14 points in the first half – including 4 from long range shots – helped keep the Bulldogs in play. In the second half, however, he was limited to just 9 points, several of which came after the Cardinals built a commanding lead.

“If you give him daylight [he] can take pictures. So maybe we played [and] not playing as smart as we needed to, ”Cook said. “In the second half, I thought our boys did a really good job … our helpers got smarter when they had to get through to helping our captains defensively.”

No player stood out more than Senior Guard Tanner Walton on a night leading the team by 10 rebounds and 25 points – many of whom came after battles with defenders.

“It was phenomenal,” said Cook. “It’s so great to have a guy like Tanner Walton who can take over a game at times, and he’s so selfless too.”

Walton also helped lead the team defensively as the Cardinals forced 14 total sales.

“We have really good point guards and Jerone [Morton] is pretty good, “said Walton. “It only leads to
I get lighter shots. “

Another major contributor to the Cardinals was the second guardian, Reshaun Hampton. Coming off the bench, Hampton scored 8 points in quick succession with two free throws and two three-point baskets to take the 45-42 lead and build an 11-point lead. After that, Walton and Stanley Smothers increased the lead by a pair from three points to 17. For his efforts to turn the momentum into the Cardinals’ favor, Hampton was named Player of the Game.

“Reshaun came in tonight and played solid and … shot for us and helped separate the game,” said Cook. “It’s just one important aspect of what our team is doing right now, and we need to keep doing it. It may not be your night every night, but when your number is called you have to appear. “

Other statistical front runners for the Cardinals were 23 points from Morton – 15 came in the second half – 7 rebounds from Sam Parrish and 6 from Aden Slone.

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