Ten girls logged minutes for host Buchtel and all 10 scored in a City Series basketball game Thursday night against Ellet.
Buchtel coach Brian Neugebauer smiled as he looked at the scorebook and reflected on that fact, but he also knows his Griffins are capable of much more than they showed in a 60-42 victory.
“It was rewarding to see all 10 girls score,” Neugebauer said. “It is good for those girls who don’t play a lot. For them to get a chance to play is a big deal and they scored. That is a good feeling. It has got to be good for them. They work hard, so anytime we can get them out there is a plus.”
Junior Javaan Rogers scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Griffins (10-4, 5-0). Freshman Leah Cheatham finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
“I liked how our starting five got the bench off the bench and into the game to get their buckets,” Rogers said.
Senior Alyssa Martin paced the Orangemen (5-6, 2-3) with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Buchtel led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, 37-20 at halftime and 51-31 through three quarters.
Senior Imani Jackson gave Buchtel a solid effort with eight points, six assists, six steals and four rebounds. Griffins sophomore Da’Veonna Nash scored six points and sophomore Kanai Chance scored five points.
“It was a good game to get a win, but for us we know that we can play better,” Jackson said. “... We know we are improving and we are recognizing what we actually can do.”
Buchtel seniors LaDhavion Duncan, Ron’Naeza Saunders and Allia Anderson combined with sophomore Amiyah Stallings and junior Deavionna Prince to score 13 points and grab 21 rebounds.
“We didn’t practice real well [Wednesday] and we talked about it,” Neugebauer said. “... We talked about after the game how it is good to get the win, it is good to be where we are at, but we have got a lot of work to do.”
Junior LaQuasia Johnson (11 points), senior Christyle Briggman-Warren (six points, five rebounds), senior Sarah Mason (three assists) and freshman McKenzi Corple (five assists) were also active for Ellet.
“In the second half, we played even with them,” Ellet coach Tina Wallace said. “That is encouraging. We didn’t back down, and they are loaded. That is a very, very good team. You can’t just say, ‘OK, we have to focus on Rogers because they have so much firepower.
"What hurt us was missing too many shots and giving them so many layups. ... But I thought our effort was there and I am pleased with the way we competed.”
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