By Billy Woods WM School District
Another easy win for the West Memphis Lady Devils could best be broken down by the team’s bull-by-the-horns start to Tuesday’s 60-32 triumph over Osceola in the Marion Classic. On Monday, the Lady Devils (4-0) didn’t score a field goal until 2:47 left in the first quarter and they turned the ball over 15 times in the first half of a 57-37 win over Earle. On Tuesday against Osceola, the Lady Devils came out on a mission, hitting their first four shots from the field and rushing out to a 24-2 first-quarter lead. “We were embarrassed the way we played in the first half (Monday) and our pre-game challenge today was to show folks that’s not us,” said Lady Devils head coach Shelia Burns. “That was what they all told me during our pre-game talk. They were embarrassed and they wanted people to see that they could play.” And play they did. The Lady Devils weren’t just content to trounce Osceola. They never lifted the foot off the pedal until the final horn, even with substitutions going three deep. West Memphis led 40-11 at halftime with the bench emptying by the early moments of the second quarter. Part of the reason was Osceola’s depth problem. The Lady Seminoles only dressed eight players. “We knew that even if we didn’t get off to a strong start that eventually (Osceola’s) lack of depth would be a problem for them,” Burns added. “And we think we’re pretty deep this year.” The Lady Devils had no trouble putting the mercy rule into effect, building a 56-22 lead after three quarters. The Lady Devil stat sheet looked balanced as Taylor Johnson led the way with nine points while Anquanetta Chatt hit eight and Keara Williams scored seven. Ty Bullins, Sable Greer and Niyah Townsend all chipped in six points. West Memphis’ girls will take the rest of the week off and play their home opener next Tuesday night against Jacksonville.