Wednesday’s game between area girls’ basketball powers Hopewell and Myers Park , didn’t turn out to be the close contest some were expecting.
The Mustangs scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back in a 70-29 victory Wednesday at Myers Park. The Mustangs led 18-5 after the first quarter and 37-17 at the half while finishing with a 41-point victory.
Myers Park used a suffocating defense the entire game, holding the Titans to a season-low point total, including two points in the final quarter.
Dee Dee Rogers led the Mustangs with 19 points with Aliyah Mazyck right behind with 18, including four 3-pointers. Ten Mustangs players scored. Keisie Ruff-Mills and Erin Thames each had nine points to pace Hopewell.
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Did Myers Park coach Barbara Nelson have any sense before the game that her team would play so well against a quality opponent?
“No, absolutely not,” said Nelson. “Hopewell is good, they’re well coached, and coach Tyrelle Anderson does a great job. He has some great athletes and three or four kids that can really shoot it. They can stretch a defense; you can’t just clog up the lane, and we were concerned about this one as a coaching staff.”
Myers Park (18-1, 7-0 Southwestern 4A) looked every bit the No. 1 ranked team in the state, while Hopewell, (16-3, 8-1 4A Meck) the 13th ranked team, couldn’t make a statement against the defending state-champion Mustangs.
“We just had all of our confidence,” said Myers Park’s Chanin Scott who finished with 10 points. “After we went out after halftime we just wanted to keep up the momentum, box out even more, communicate, call plays, and the key was communication.”
“We were really hyped about this game. We were just pumped to play them because we wanted to better our record to have better seeding for states.”
The Titans will try to get back on the winning track Friday when they play at North Mecklenburg, while the Mustangs will play at Butler Friday.