VIDEO: Wichita South girls beat Andover Central
Koch Arena quieted quickly Saturday night, which is what happens when one team absolutely dominates its opponent as the Wichita South girls did to Andover Central.
Oh, there were sporadic cheers for a good play, but basically it was possible to hear everything the coaches said or even fans in Row 20.
South made it first four shots and raced to a 23-point lead midway through the second quarter en route to defeating Andover Central 64-32 in the City League vs. AV-CTL basketball series.
South (9-0) avenged its 36-25 loss to the Jaguars (7-2) at Koch Arena last January.
“Honestly we’ve been waiting on this game since last year,” South coach Antwain Scales said. “… We knew that last year we came out and played a terrible game, shooting 19 percent from the field. Just overall playing a really sluggish game last year. That was the focal point ever since they announced the matchups.”
Offense certainly wasn’t an issue Saturday. The Titans made nine of their first 14 shots and led 28-5 with 4:19 to go in the second quarter.
South senior Kendrian Elliott credited some of that success to watching game tape — Scales “pretty much tormented us and made us watch ourselves on film.”
While Andover Central had contained Elliott last season, holding her to two points, she exacted her own form of vengeance and the Jaguars couldn’t stop her.
Elliott was 9-of-9 shooting from the field for a game-high 23 points. She also converted two three-point plays.
“I think I just worked a little harder to get open, like our coaches have been preaching to us in practice,” said Elliott, who has signed to play at Tulsa. “We worked really hard on working without the ball.”
Elliott was helped by South’s perimeter shooting, including Trezure Jobe’s two three-pointers in the first quarter.
“It really gets the team going,” Jobe said. “We work on those plays in practice.”
Ten Titans scored, and senior guard Ericka Mattingly had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
“They have a lot of offensive threats,” Andover Central coach Stana Jefferson said. “You’ve got to kind of pick your poison. And wow, we swallowed a bunch.”
South’s defense held Andover Central to 12-of-49 shooting, including 3 of 25 from three-point range. They also outrebounded Andover Central 45-27.
“They’re a great defensive team,” said Jefferson, whose team lost its second straight. “They’re very well-disciplined and we struggled tonight. And until we get over those humps, we’re going to continue to struggle.”
Andover Central: Stearns 6, Kakoulias 9, Leedom 8, Bolden 9.
South: Mattingly 11, Callins 6, Elliott 23, Scalaes 2, Jobe 8, Pollard 8, Pittman 6, Afoa 2, Brickhouse 2, White 2.