The Hawks built a large halftime lead, going into the break leading the Rattlers by a score of 52-38. from there, it was all Fred Batchelor’s team. He returned for the match-up after spending much of the previous week attending to a family matter.
“It helped that in the first half we shot 54 percent from the field,” said Batchelor. “I thought Coach Sidney Raikes and Coach Casey Morton did a great job of preparing them in my absence.”
The Hawks scored 28 of their points inside the paint, with five players for the shore finishing with double digit points.
They were led by the efforts of Jordyn Smith, who scored a season high 22 points in the winning effort.
“Jordan is a kid where I am really thinking about how we can get her more touches and more involved,” Batchelor said. “If we can get her consistently taking double-digit shots, I think we are going to be in good shape because I think she can shoot a good percentage with that.”
Junior Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) finished with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Classmate Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem North Carolina) finished with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, a block and a pair of steals.
The Hawks pulled down a season high 52 total rebounds. they also scored 21 second chance points and 26 points off of 18 Rattler turnovers.
Florence Ouattara scored a game-high 26 points for the Rattlers. This resulted in Batchelor taking a moment with her after the game.
“I told her I thought she was a helluva player and a helluva talent — she’s young and just to keep working,” Batchelor said. “Hopefully we can keep her below 26 the next couple times we play her, but I definitely know who she is.”
“I think we are peaking at the right time,” Batchelor said. “We just have to keep it going and get better defensively.”