Mainland High School girls basketball team is now 10-1 in 6A District 4.
After a ball game plagued with turnovers, Mainland High School shut down Jones High School with a 43-36 win Jan. 7, at the Vince Carter Athletic Center. (Jones High School's final score reported by D. Phillips was 42-36.)
Guard Isys Grady was first to score for Mainland with a free throw, but within five minutes, the Jones Tigers led the Mainland Bucs by 5. Mainland's top scorer, Camryn Campbell, helped turn it around with 5 points and Mainland was able to outscore Jones by the end of the first quarter, finishing with a 12-9 lead.
Even though the Buccaneers allowed 7 turnovers in the first half compared with the Tigers’ 3, they held strong with another 12 points in the second quarter. Grady, who recently signed a Letter of Intent to play for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, scored 5 of the 12 points and dominated the boards throughout the game.
The Tigers were held to just 2 points in the third quarter. Mainland also had a low scoring quarter, but Lady Bucs shooting guard Hendley Welch made her third 3-pointer, helping them to maintain the lead. Both teams picked up the pace in the fourth quarter. Tigers guard Kaliyah Reed successfully sank two 3-pointers boosting her team to a 16-point quarter.
Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches, Mainland guard Camryn Campbell is 11 inches shorter than Jones’ tallest player, Paris Gaines, who is 6 feet, 4 inches, yet Campbell led both teams with 14 points.
The Lady Bucs turned the ball over 12 times, but Grady’s 12 rebounds, Campbell’s 14 points led Mainland to another win. Mainland is currently 10-1 for the season.
“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is an opportunity for us to rise,” Mainland’s head coach, Brandon Stewart, said.