The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats scored more than 100 points for the first time since 2003 in a 104-19 win over Karns at home on Tuesday.
The girls were led by sophomore Jada Guinn with a game-high 30 points, the most for a Lady Wildcat since Mykia Dowdell, who is now a junior, scored 32 against Central in 2014, according to broadcaster David Clary.
It’s the 11th time the Lady Wildcats (14-2, 6-0 District 3-AAA) have scored more than 100, Clary said. The last time was in 2003 against Alcoa.
Coaches said the 30 points for Guinn, including 17 in the first quarter alone, was likely a personal best.
Five Oak Ridge players scored in double digits. Destiny Kassner, a starting junior, scored 12 points, and Mykia Dowdell, also a starting junior, had 11. Sophomore Shatyrah Copeland came off the bench to score 12 points, and senior Jamiela Southall, also a bench player, added 10.
The bench players got more playing time and points than they normally do. Substitutes came into the game at the start of the second quarter and again during the third and fourth quarters.
Turnovers hurt Karns (0-14, 0-7 District 3-AAA) significantly. The Lady Beavers had at least 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, and at least nine of those led to Lady Wildcat baskets. Guinn had at least four takeaways by herself, and Oak Ridge led 63-10 at halftime.
Oak Ridge Coach Paige Green said the Lady Wildcats responded well after playing poorly Saturday in a 63-32 loss to Bradley Central in the championship game of the Andrew Johnson Bank Lady Classic in Greeneville. The girls played with much more energy, and their half court offense was good, although the half court defense needs work, Green said. The Lady Wildcats pushed the ball well in transition, and there was no falloff when subs, who received valuable playing experience, came into the game, Green said.
The point of emphasis was to get the ball inside, Green said.
Karns was led by Trinity Fisher with 10 points on Tuesday. None of the other Lady Beavers scored more than two points.
Oak Ridge, which remains undefeated in the district, will next play Halls (6-9, 4-3 District 3-AAA) at home at Wildcat Arena at 6 p.m. Friday, January 6.
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