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Defense powers Titans

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Wells leads routs of Spencer, C. Hardin

By Josh Cook

The Collins girls’ basketball team ended last week with two games of dogged defense.

The Titans slammed visiting Spencer County, 56-22, Thursday night, then the hosts handled Central Hardin, 56-35, two nights later.

Collins (4-1) allowed the Bears and the Bruins only one quarter of double-digit scoring in each of those games. 

 

Collins 56, Spencer County 22

Senior forward Aaliyah Wells scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists to lead the Titans to victory in their 30th District opener.

Collins forced 22 turnovers and converted several of those into points.

“We got a lot of easy buckets off our defense,” said Titans Coach Phillip Conder, whose team led, 11-4, at the end of the first quarter and at halftime, 22-6.

But Wells didn’t do it alone. Collins senior forward Jessie Buckmaster had nine points and three rebounds. Freshman point guard Michelle Roberts contributed eight points, three rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Bailey Rankin had seven points, five rebounds and three steals and junior guard Skylar Clemens tallied five assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes.

Only three players scored for Spencer County (then 2-2, 0-1), which shot 21.2 percent (7 of 33) from the field. MacKenzie Myers and McKenna Pfeiffer scored 10 points apiece to lead the Bears. 

 

Collins 56, Central Hardin 35

Wells scored 23 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds – to surpass 1,000 for her career – in the Titans’ victory Saturday night.

Wells hit 7 of 17 shots from the field, including 1 of 4 from 3-point range, and 8 for 13 from the free-throw line (as a team, the Titans were 20-for-28 from the foul stripe).

“They were sagging off of her [Wells], and she did a good job with knocking down some jumpers early,” Conder said. “Then they came after her, after she hit that three, and she was flying to the bucket.”

Buckmaster added eight points and four rebounds (all on the offensive end), and freshman forward Whitney Pullen tallied seven points and four rebounds in reserve.

The Titans held Central Hardin (1-5) to seven points in the first period, six in the third and nine in the fourth.

The Bruins shot 27.7 percent (13 of 47) from the field and were 0 of 12 from 3-point range.

Collins hosts Shelby County at 6 p.m. Friday.