Scottsboro varsity girls basketball coach Brandon Childers was a coach of mixed emotions following his team’s rivalry win.
“We looked good in glimpses and looked bad in glimpses,” he said. “I guess that’s just part of the process with young (players).”
Fortunately for the Wildcats, they had more good glimpses than bad en route to a 62-47 win over archrival North Jackson Thursday night at Stevenson.
Scottsboro has won 18 straight games against the Chiefs and now holds a 52-13 lead in the all-time series record.
Madison Holland scored 15 points and Olivia Tubbs netted 10 for the Wildcats, who also got nine from Maggie Armstrong, eight from Lexie Bennett, seven from Audrey Holland, five from Carley Bell, four from AnnaLynn Buckner and three from Allie Scott.
Summer Varnum led North Jackson with 14 points while Sarah Morgan had 13, Delana Pierce nine and Tyra Smith seven.
A 17-0 scoring run for Scottsboro over the final 1:16 of the first half and the first 1:47 of the second half turned out to be the deciding factor in the game.
“That was the difference,” Childers said. “We scored a few trips in a row, was able to press and got the momentum going our way and got some easy baskets and run outs.”
Scottsboro (2-2) built a 9-4 lead after one quarter and was in front 21-16 with just over a minute left in the second quarter before closing the first half on a 7-0 run that featured Armstrong’s 3-pointer, Bennett’s basket underneath and Buckner’s buzzer-beating putback.
The Wildcats then opened the second half with a 10-0 run, getting two baskets each from Tubbs, one from Armstrong, a free throw from Bell and a three-point play from Madison Holland to push its lead to 38-16.
Scottsboro ultimately led 44-22 after three quarters, and North Jackson (0-3) never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
“I think the effort was there,” said North Jackson head coach Tony Brown. “Still got work to do, missing layups, not rebounding well, but I think the effort was there. I think they gelled more as a team tonight. The wins are going to start coming.”