A successful career on the Castellaw Gym court from 1999 to 2003 and three years as an assistant under the now departed Dion Real brought Katrisha Glass to her debut as the head coach of the Lady Chargers on Nov. 11.
Her first opponent was Bolivar and coach Rick Rudesill, who is in his 24th season as a head coach with three boys state championships on his resume.
No worries. CHS cruised to a 70-31 mercy-rule win.
Deft outside shooting from sophomore guard Treasury Poindexter, who scored a game-high 26 with five 3-pointers, and glass-pounding inside play from Janekia Mason was the key. Mason scored 17 points.
The Lady Chargers forced 29 Bolivar turnovers.
The first half of Saturday’s double-header pitted CHS against the MHEA Lady Eagles. Covington took a 47-39 loss.
Mason led CHS with 11 points and Lasaundra Somerville added 10.
“Our girls know how to play defense one way,” said Coach Glass. “They just could not adjust to the tight calling of the game.”
Contrast that with the nightcap against the Westview Lady Chargers. There were fewer fouls called in the game. CHS took on another state championship caliber team and coach coming away with a 56-45 victory to boost their season record to 2-1.
Four Lady Chargers reached double figures, with Poindexter and Somerville leading the way with 15 apiece. Mason complemented Somerville on the low blocks with 13 points. Precious Harvey, twice-sidelined with leg cramps, gutted it out effectively at the point, adding 11 points.
CHS hits the road for the first time tomorrow night at Fayette-Ware. The Lady Chargers will return to the Madison Academy Classic in Huntsville, Ala., Nov. 25-27. They return home to play at Overton on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in a girl’s only match-up. CHS and Munford hook up at Munford on Dec. 6.
Boys take down Bolivar
“I played and graduated at Bolivar and I have never lost to them," said new Charger basketball head coach Charles Mitchell. "This will be tough for me."
It had its moments, but in the end Mitchell’s Chargers notched a 72-52 win, their first over the Tigers since 2008, ending a four-game losing streak to Rick Rudesill’s teams.
The Tigers converted six consecutive shots in the midst of a 20-9 second-quarter run to get within one point mid-way in the second quarter. Close, but no closer.
The CHS lead was three at the break and 10 after three periods. Bolivar had a 25-point second quarter but could get only 9 in each of the other three.
Bobby Shanks led the team and game with 22 points. Malcolm Taylor contributed 17 from the low blocks. All 11 Chargers who played scored. The Chargers forced 27 Tiger turnovers, 12 of them steals. The eighteen turnovers committed by CHS were primarily the result of playing in too much of a hurry.
“We are learning to play,” said Coach Mitchell. “A win is a win. We are still learning to play.”
Saturday morning’s game with MHEA was a Charger affair from the get-go. CHS trailed once at 8-7 before pulling away to its largest advantage, 42-23, at the end of the 3rd period. The Eagles outscored CHS 20-10 in the fourth, pulling to within five with just over five minutes remaining.
Shanks’ 15 points were tops in the game. Malcolm Taylor had 10 for CHS. The Charger defense turned the Eagles over 26 times with nine steals.
Arlington, currently ranked No. 3 in AAA state rankings, trailed 4-0 before going on to 71-47 win on Friday over Covington.
Fentrice Flowers paced the Chargers with 11 points and Shanks added 10.
Covington takes its show on the road at Fayette-Ware tomorrow night. They will return to the River Bend Classic in New Madrid Nov. 28-29. CHS will return to the court on Dec. 6 at Munford.