Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith made sure his team didn’t allow Lincoln’s Ty Sillmon to have an impact on the game a night after scoring 46 points against B.B.Comer.
“We came out blazing and we answered the call of one of their best players, who had 46 points last night,” Smith said. “She’s actually been owning us in the two previous games. I really just had to stress to my girls that there’s good players on every team that we play. Everybody’s got a main scorer. If we want to get to the Final Four, how are we going to respond to the regional teams that have got good players? How are we going to respond to the area teams that have got good players? This is a great practice start for us tonight. Everybody wins in the County Tournament because it’s something that you can learn from. So, I put that call out there. We started this morning with our scouting report. I talked to them about getting back to playing man-to-man defense like we used to play two years ago. I thought that was pretty effective. We had to add a little bit more kinks to it, but they answered the call tonight. So, we’re just looking forward to our next opponent.”
Lincoln wasn’t able to find their way onto the scoreboard until there was 3:31 left in the second quarter. Even at halftime, Lincoln still only had two points, as the score favored Winterboro 25-2.
Jasmine Richardson and Anslea Twymon got the team off to a strong start offensively. Richardson scored six of her eight total points in the first quarter and Twymon had seven of her 11 total points, leading Winterboro to an impressive 17-0 lead.
Lincoln got a three-point play from their leading scorer Ty Sillmon in the third quarter, but they were still outscored 10-3 in the quarter putting the score at 35-5.
Tiffany Vincent had eight points, all of them in the second half and six of them in the fourth quarter, as Lincoln and Winterboro played to a 6-6 draw in the quarter, leaving the final score at 42-11.
Anslea Twymon led the team with 11 points. The team’s leading scorer on the season, Jasmine Richardson, finished with eight points. Nadia Estelle and Morgan Merritt both chipped in five points. Chanel Phillips had another strong defensive performance.
“Jasmine Richardson has really been putting in the extra time to become an overall player,” Smith said. “I think we’re finally in a situation where everybody doesn’t just rely on Jasmine. She can still do her thing, but the team can still do their thing. I feel like this is going to propel us into the games we want to be at with overall team chemistry. It’s great to have a player, but when we set our goals we don’t set them with just one person on the team. We set them with everybody. Everybody on our team matters.”
Top seed Winterboro will face archrival fifth seed TC Central on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.