The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (6-0, 4-0) used smothering full-court pressure to wear down the DeWitt Dragons and coast to a 75-37 victory.
The Lady Cougars (6-0, 4-0) also remained undefeated as they led from start to finish and cruised to a 58-25 victory.
DEWITT – The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (6-0, 4-0) used smothering full-court pressure to wear down the DeWitt Dragons and coast to a 75-37 victory.
The Cougars never trailed and led by as many as 8 in the first quarter when Demond Franklin hit a three with 0:50 to go in the period to put Helena-West Helena up 16-8. CHS led 16-11 at the end of the period.
But the defensive pressure began to pay dividends in the second quarter as the Dragons began to wilt under the unrelenting pressure. The Cougar lead cracked the 20-point threshold with 1:11 to go in the half when Kamone Acklin hit a three to make it 37-17. Michael Boone added another one from long range with 0:14 left and Helena-West Helena led 41-21 at the break.
The second half was more of the same as Quanderius Sanders got hot in the third and put the Cougars up 56-30 at the end of the period. Boone’s basket with 6:34 left in the game put the mercy rule into effect with a 62-32 lead. Thomas Seals ended the scoring for Helena-West Helena with another three with 0:06 left on the clock.
Boone led the Cougars with 17 points. Sanders had 16. Justin Redmon also reached double figures at 10 points and Swazell Farmer added 9.
The Lady Cougars (6-0, 4-0) also remained undefeated as they led from start to finish and cruised to a 58-25 victory. J’Tyia Thomas scored 11 points in the first period as Helena-West Helena opened up a 14-5 lead.
That lead grew to 16 points when Destanee Hardison employed a spin move to the left in the lane and laid it off the glass while being fouled. After she hit the shot from the charity stripe to complete the old fashioned 3-point play, CHS led 27-11. The Lady Cougars would get one more free throw from Thomas prior to the intermission to increase the lead to 17 points.
Tara Green got hot in the second half, hitting a three out of the locker room on her way to a double digit third quarter that saw Helena-West Helena extend the lead to 48-17 as the final stanza began. With a running clock the entire third quarter, Coach Kevin Pringle cleared the bench and CHS coasted the rest of the way to an easy win.
Green led Helena-West Helena with 22 points. Thomas and Kerra Trancy added 11.
Helena-West Helena will return to action on Friday at home against the Stuttgart Ricebirds. Both the Ricebirds and Lady Ricebirds are 6-1. Game time is 5 p.m.