Youthful Panthers show improvement
Bartlett girls basketball team is taking early season lumps for late season experience as they tumbled twice this past week.
Foul trouble plagued a game Panther team Tuesday against Houston as the Mustangs broke open a 15-14 contest with a 28-7 second period run on their way to a 68-51 win.
All five Bartlett starters found pine time as Coach Lynn Whitfield protected her youthful charges. Bartlett, starting three freshmen among the five on the floor, never recovered from the charity stripe deficit.
“We’re getting better,” Whitfield said. “We’re getting better every game. We played with Houston but couldn’t stay out of foul trouble. We got good kids, they’re hard workers. We, as coaches, aren’t discouraged and neither are the players.
Junior Shondria Scruggs led the Panthers with 21 points, nine in a game fourth-quarter comeback. Tavia Rodgers added 10 to lead six others on the scoring chart.
“Shondria showing good leadership,” Whitfield said. “I tell the girls, this season is a marathon, not a sprint. They’re buying in and it will show as the season progresses
Houston – Sheridan Burroughs 4, Juliann Chiles 10, Aysha Harris 9, Alise Parker 13, Jaida Roper 16, Sydney Malone 6, Chanda Reid 8, Alex Lohrenz 2.
Bartlett – Chelsey Baker 2, Stella Gill 5, Shelby Organ 5, Shuntavi Rodgers 10, Shondria Scruggs 21, Grace White 3, Kelsey Baker 2, Elanna Baptist 3.
St. Benedict 61 Bartlett 33
A close first quarter was undone by a two-point second period as Bartlett’s girls fell to St. Benedict 61-33 Friday.
Coach Whitfield’s girls could only muster a pair of free throws in the second eight minutes as a 12-9 deficit grew to 26-11 at the half.
Tavia Rodgers led the Panthers with nine points while Shelby Organ pitched in six.
St. Benedict – Taylor Barnes 3, Vailey Coppedge 3, Ciscily Crislip 5, Nicole Ferris 3, Madison Luckett 19, Braxton Powers 2, Theresa Stoddard 10, Paige Williams 10, J. Wise 5, Neely Van Frank 1.
Bartlett – Chelsey Baker 2, Stella Gill 5, Shelby Organ 6, Shuntavi Rodgers 9, Shondria Scruggs 3, Grace White 4, Kelsey Baker 1, Elanna Baptist 1, Madison Carroll 4.