Piedmont scores big 3A, Area 10 win
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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WHITE PLAINS -- Head coach Tommy Lewis entered Friday’s game at White Plains wanting his Piedmont Bulldogs to “just play well.”

The Bulldogs didn't just play well -- they dominated White Plains for an 86-58 victory.

“We have a terrible history with White Plains,” Lewis said. “They usually destroy us. It’s usually a really embarrassing feat. They’re just a very, very tough opponent anywhere. They’re very tough down here.”

The only time Piedmont (3-2, 1-1 Class 3A, Area 10) trailed was at the start of the game.

Senior point guard Denard Spears quickly put the Bulldogs ahead by scoring six of his 25 points in the first quarter.

“Denard had a great game,” Lewis said. “Taylor Hayes came in as a sub. He’s a ninth-grader and he had a real good game. The big thing was the defense. Everybody had more of a defensive assignment. A lot of our shots fell because we got ahead. It’s easier to shoot when you’re ahead.”

Hayes finished with 15 points.

Even with the loss, White Plains maintained a winning record at 5-4. But, the Wildcats are still chasing their first win in Area 10.

“It’s pretty frustrating to lose at home anytime,” Wildcats head coach Chris Randall said. “When you lose an area game at home and you give up 86, you’ve just got to tip your hat to Piedmont.

“They were much better prepared to play. Obviously, that’s on me.”

Nathan Gilbert led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points.

White Plains girls 44, Piedmont 36: The Lady Wildcats increased their winning streak to seven games, and head coach Michael Merriman called the win “huge.”

“It gets us to the point where we can kind of control our own destiny a little bit,” he said. “That was tough tonight. Piedmont’s a good basketball team. But, it’s huge for us.”

The Lady Wildcats (8-1, 2-0) trailed the Bulldogs 3-0 early in the first quarter. White Plains then used a 14-4 run capped off by senior guard Taylor Snellgrove’s two 3-point baskets to pull away.

“We just hit a lot of them warming up,” she said. “It’s all about my teammates passing me the ball. They just had really good passes and we ran our plays good and that’s what gets shots open.”

Snellgrove finished with 17 points. Getting an area win at home is what mattered most to the senior.

“It’s real big,” she said. “It get’s our team up.”

White Plains returns to action Saturday at Cleburne County.

Piedmont plays again Monday at Saks.
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