By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Paced by a 25-point performance from Anna James, visiting Wesley Christian came away with a 62-35 victory over Somerset Christian on Saturday afternoon at Charlie Correll Memorial Gymnasium.
The game went back and forth early on, but a 19-4 run in the second quarter would doom the home standing Somerset Christian Lady Cougars in this one. With the loss to the Lady Riders of Wesley Christian, the Lady Cougars fell to 0-4 on the year.
Audrey Moore get the Lady Cougars within a point at 4-3, just over a minute into the contest. After a lay-up from James, Wesley Christian widened the gap back to 3 points at 6-3.
Thanks to back-to-back baskets from Sarah Flinchum, Somerset Christian jumped out to a 7-6 advantage. Following a jumper from Lauren Nelson, Moore knocked down a free-throw to tie the ballgame up at 8-8 with 3:28 left to play in the opening frame.
Wesley Christian outscored the Lady Cougars by a margin of 8-2 in the final 3-plus minutes of the first quarter. After one quarter in the books, the Lady Cougars found themselves trailing by a score of 16-10.
Flinchum gave the Lady Cougars a boost to open the second quarter of action, getting a basket to lessen the Lady Rider lead to 4 points at 16-12. Unfortunately that would be Somerset Christian’s only field goal of the period.
The Lady Riders controlled the second frame, outscoring Somerset Christian by a margin of 19-3. After outscoring the Lady Cougars by a 16-point total, Wesley Christian went into the locker room at halftime with a 35-13 advantage.
Somerset Christian was outscored again in the third frame, as the Lady Riders tallied 19 points, while the Lady Cougars scored 11. Following the third frame, Somerset Christian found themselves down by a score of 54-24.
In the fourth quarter, Somerset Christian did outscore the Lady Riders 19-8, but it wasn’t enough, as Wesley Christian took the game by a final tally of 62-35.
Anna James scored a game-high 25 points, while Nelson chimed in with 15 points. Abby James also finished in double figures, finishing with 12 points.
The Lady Cougars were led in scoring by Flinchum, who finished with a club-high 13 points. Moore also hit double figures in the contest, scoring 10 points.
Maranda Penland chimed in with 6 points for the Lady Cougars, while Kendra Stotts had 3 points, Ally Fisher had 2 points, and Lexie Turpin had 1 point.
Somerset Christian will return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they will host Trinity Christian at 1 p.m. at Charlie Correll Memorial Gymnasium.
WCS – 16 19 19 8 – 35
SCS – 10 3 11 11 – 62