Lady Devils beat Indians, 54-27, in season opener

Ellie Armistead - Posted on Nov 28, 2018 - 02:11 PM

The Mathews High School girls’ basketball team kicked off its 2018-2019 with a 54-27 win on Monday against the Northumberland Indians. The Lady Devils also had a couple strong showings in a pair of pre-season scrimmage games.

Mathews traveled to Northumberland High School for Monday’s regular season opener and had little trouble with the homestanding Indians. Mathews held Northumberland scoreless in the first quarter, while amassing a 20-point lead. The Devils kept up the strong offense by penetrating the zone defense and by moving the ball around effectively. The Devils also favored the ball on offense by snatching lots of rebounds.

The Devils were up by 25 during the fourth quarter, 50-25. They continued to pressure on defense and cause havoc on offense to win the game by a 27-point margin.

Ellie Armistead was the top scorer for Mathews with 16 points, followed by Stacie Thomas and Joice Small each with eight, Jade Davis with five, Malia Lewis and Skyller Worley each with four, Hannah Robins with three, and Chesapeake West, Connie Johnson and Abbie Hudgins each with two.

The Lady Devils traveled to Hampton Roads Academy on Nov. 16 for the team’s first scrimmage. The coaches both decided to play four six-minute quarters and then two eight-minute quarters to allow enough time for each player to get time and also play different defenses and offenses. 

The Devils played great defense, allowing fewer than 20 points through all six quarters. The offense was also dominant. The Devils played every offensive in their playbook and created momentum to keep points on the board. Armistead led in scoring with 15 points, followed by Thomas with 11, Johnson with five, Davis and Hudgins both with 4, Small with 3, and Jada Ashberry, Hannah Robins and West each finishing with two. The foul shots as a team were 5-for-8, scoring more than half of the free shots on the board. 

Last Tuesday, Nov. 20, Mathews hosted Essex in the team’s last pre-season scrimmage. Essex has always has a strong basketball program, so the Devils knew to step up their game and play with limited mistakes. The Devils’ defense kept the Essex Trojans from scoring more than eight points per quarter. The Devils played a 3-2 zone and later switched to man defense. The Devils’ offense started strong in the first quarter, scoring 11 points. The offense fed Armistead when open on the 3-point line and six points fell on the board to start the game. The Trojans started playing a box-and-1 on Armistead in the second. During the second and third quarters, the Devils only scored six points total. The last quarter, the game became tied. The Lady Devils’ began to penetrate the zone to cause havoc on the court. They put up 13 points on the board, mostly from the aggressiveness of the Devils’ offense getting to the foul line. The Devils were 7-for-8 for free throws in the fourth quarter. Worley was big on the foul line in the last quarter, with five points from six free throws. The Devils got the win, 30-22.

Armistead led in scoring with 13 points, followed by Worley with five, Small with four, and Thomas, Ashberry, Robins and West each with two. 

The Mathews girls will host the Red Devils from Lancaster on Friday. The junior varsity game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., with tip-off for the varsity teams at 7.