Lady Blue Devils start fast, finish fast

West Memphis to play Osceola at 3:30 today

By Billy Woods WM School District

The West Memphis Lady Devils overcame a turnover epidemic in the first half on Monday to turn back Earle 57-37 in the Marion Classic. Head coach Shelia Burns played short-handed in the first half for various reasons. First, starting point guard Summer Abram sat out her second straight game with a twisted knee. Secondly, senior forward Amesha Brown picked up her second foul in the game’s first minute and remained parked on the bench for the remainder of the first half. Lastly, Burns held out star center LaShala Saine, who missed a practice, for the first eight minutes. Consequently, the Lady Devils played a little too fast and the result was 15 turnovers in the first half. Despite all that, West Memphis (3-0) rolled up an 11-3 lead after one quarter. “Our number one point of conversation at halftime was to get the turnovers down in the second half,” said Burns. “I think we cut them in half in the second half.” West Memphis led 28-17 at halftime and the 6-4 Saine began to assert herself in the second half. She wound up with game-high totals of 15 points and 10 rebounds. “Shala used her size in the second half,” said Burns. “She realizes she’s a big target when she’s out there. The other teams are gunning for her.” Saine stuck back a missed shot with 1:59 to play in the third quarter to give the Lady Devils their first 20-point lead of the game at 43-23. The Lady Devils coasted the rest of the way. “We didn’t come out ready to play today,” Burns added. “I don’t know if it was because of the holidays or what, but our seniors are going to have to slow down and take control of the team.” Morgan Christian added eight points for the Lady Devils while Anquanetta Chatt and Taylor Johnson hit for six each and senior Sable Greer scored five. Paris Perkins paced Earle with 11 points. The Lady Devils play again today in the Classic, at 3:30 p.m. against Osceola.

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