“Less turnovers and less mistakes was the key to the success,” ASD head coach Paul Kulick said. “The defense played outstanding. That was the key for the win also.”
Westminster-Oak Mountain had trouble getting going offensively in their game against ASD and the early deficit proved to be too much for them to overcome.
The Lady Knights fell behind 18-0 in the first quarter. Te’chana Dunklin scored nine of the Lady Silent Warriors’ 18 first quarter points to lead the team to an 18-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Tuesdae Dunklin got the scoring started with a transition basket for an easy two points.
Te’chana Dunklin followed that with an easy lay-in basket off a pass from Heather Bodine, then converted a three-point play by hitting a shot inside the perimeter and connecting on the ensuing free throw shot to give the Lady Silent Warriors a 7-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, Bodine connected with an off-the-glass shot and Te’chana Dunklin followed it up with a steal and an easy layup for two points to give the team a 16-0 lead.
Westminster played well at the start of the second quarter, but was unable to sustain the momentum.
The team started out the second quarter on a 7-0 run, essentially a 10-0 run spanning from the end of the first quarter through the second quarter that cut an 18-point deficit down to eight.
At that point, ASD regained control, going on a 14-0 run that started with a three-point play from Ashley Laster, who later scored another three-point play during the run with a basket off a pass from Bodine and hit the free throw after the basket. Tuesdae Dunklin scored six points during the run with the team using their defense and transition game to build a 32-10 lead.
The Lady Silent Warriors took advantage of Ashley Shannon getting open down low in the post. She scored eight points in the second quarter. By halftime, they held a commanding 40-20 lead.
“Ashley Shannon did a wonderful job,” Kulick said. “Her performance was a long time coming. She played really good tonight. She was key to getting the ball under the goal. I hope she continues that play next game.”
In the third quarter, Laster cashed in on two easy baskets in the post. By the end of the quarter, ASD held a 53-28 lead.
To start the fourth quarter, Te’chana Dunklin scored a transition basket to push the lead to 55-28. Later in the quarter, Bodine continued the defensive presence with a steal and another transition basket.
Next up for the Lady Silent Warriors is top seed Winterboro. ASD loss to Winterboro in both of their regular season meetings.
“Winterboro is a very good team,” Kulick said. “They beat us bad the last two games. I hope we continue to do better. I hope we play the same as we played tonight.”
Te’Chana and Tuesdae Dunklin finished as the game’s leading scorers as each scored 15 points. Ashley Shannon contributed eight points. Heather Bodine led the team with four assists, as well as having six points. Ashley Laster finished in double digits with 12 points.
For Westminster, the team’s leading scorer was Collins Mills with 11 points. Alice Boone chipped in six points.
Alabama School for the Deaf will play at Winterboro with tip-off set for 7 p.m.