In their opening game on the Carolina Invitational, the Chapmanville Regional High School Lady Tigers flexed their muscles and won 68-38 over Stratford High School out of Goose Creek, South Carolina.
“Pleased with this win to open up play down here in South Carolina. Stratford is historically a solid
program down here,” Head Coach Kristina Gore stated in the win. “Last season they were the 5A state runners-up in SC. They’ve got 2700 kids in their building making them the 7th largest in the state. They lost some key seniors from last year’s team. They have one player that made a huge impact for them last season, and we did our job by holding her to eight points.”
Alaria Evans finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for the Lady Tigers. “Alaira played an all-around great game for us and filled up some columns in the stat sheet that she normally doesn’t,” Coach Gore said. “She did a great job making the right decisions with the basketball today. She was aggressive to the rim when she needed to be, and when she didn’t have the right openings, she found the open teammate.”
Jaycee Blair finished with 16 points, Daizi Farley had 8 points and 8 rebounds as well, and Brooke Christian finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds. Coach Gore was proud of Christian’s play, “Brooke did a really nice job today finding open teammates, as well. Four blocks might be a career high her. I know she isn’t shooting the three as well as she would like, but she continues to make up for that in other areas. She is not a one-dimensional player.”
Chloe Thompson had a solid game as well finishing with 4 points and 13 rebounds. Coach Gore thinks Thompson will continue to play well for the Lady Tigers as the season goes on, ““Chloe was much improved today with her minutes. She was great on the defensive glass which was a huge contribution. I’m optimistic she’s turning a corner. She’s been working harder in practice to get herself where she needs to be. That’s going to add tremendous value to our team.”
The win moved the Lady Tigers to 3-4 on the season.