East Central girls win in Missouri
BY Staff Reports
Monday, January 21, 2013
1/21/13 at 6:09 AM
FLORISSANT, Mo. - East Central's girls started in the wrong defense Sunday, but quickly turned the tables after switching to the right one.
The Cards used fullcourt pressure to rally from a 13-point deficit and race to a 72-61 win over Potter's House Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla., on the second day of the Martin Luther King Basketball Showcase.
"To play in a tournament like this, with nationally ranked teams and players, and to win a game, is huge for our state and our program," coach Samy Mack said. "People are asking if there are any more teams like us in Oklahoma."
Darreion Clark scored 13 points and Bria Pitts, Janee Arnold and Lauren Billie tallied 10 each for the 5A No. 2 Cards (10-3).
East Central is 1-1 in the elite festival after Saturday's 62-40 loss to powerful Whitney Young of Chicago, Ill. The Cards conclude play Monday, facing Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge, the defending Class 5 champion.
The Cards started in a zone Sunday and Potter's House (15-7) hit six 3-pointers, bolting to a 27-14 lead after one quarter. The game changed when the Cards started guarding the Lions all over the floor.
"Teams that press don't like to be pressed. We just turned it around and gave it right back to them," Mack said.
EAST CENTRAL 72, POTTER'S HOUSE 61
EC: Clark 13, Pitts 10, Arnold 10, Billie 10, Brown 7, Mack 7, Williams 6, Reed 6.
Potter House: Swain 18, White 13, Martin 9, Bethel 8, Anderson 7, Gaines 4, Porter 2.