Lady Blue Devils crush Hillcrest Lady Jags 39-22

Published 10:37 am Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Lady Blue Devils of Escambia County earned their second win of the season on Tuesday night on their trip to Evergreen to face the Hillcrest-Evergreen Lady Jaguars.

Escambia County (2-0, 0-0) overcame a poor shooting performance to knock off the Lady Jaguars 39-22.

Lady Blue Devils head coach Lorenzo Jones said his team was lucky to get their second win despite how they played.

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“We are fortunate to get out of Evergreen with a win and we are grateful for it,” Jones said. “Our performance was very disappointing.”

The Lady Blue Devils opened the game with the lead and never looked back as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first quarter.

They extended their lead in the second period outscoring Hillcrest 13-8 and rolled into halftime leading 22-11.

Following halftime, ECHS pounded points onto the scoreboard adding 14 and allowing three as they pushed into the final period of play ahead 36-14.

Hillcrest was able to cut into the Lady Blue Devils’ lead slightly in the fourth quarter as they outscored ECHS 8-3, but still fell 39-22.

Lady Blue Devils guard Diamond Williams led ECHS with a double-double recording 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also had five assists, four rebounds and two blocks in the win.

Supporting Williams’ performance were Cha’Nae Lyles and Tiffany Madison who each recorded eight points for ECHS. Lyles finished the game with five steals and three assists, while Madison recorded 11 steals, three rebounds and two assists.

Lady Blue Devil Takia Johnson finished the game with four points, four assists, three blocks, one assist and one steal.

Jasmine Ireland added eight steals, eight rebounds, four assists and three points for ECHS.

Jones said shooting was the only problem facing his team Tuesday night.

“We were five-of-28 from the free throw line,” he said. “And 16-of-44 from the entire field. We can only work to get better with our shooting.”

The bright spot for the Lady Blue Devils was their defensive performance.

Aside from holding Hillcrest to 22 points, they also snagged 35 steals.

Jones said the Lady Blue Devils just need to do a better job of converting turnovers to points.

“We forced them into more than 40 turnovers,” he said. “The problem was we only converted six into points. We are going to practice hard and get better.”

The Lady Blue Devils next game is today at Bay Minette. Games tipoff at 2 p.m.