The Enterprise Lady Cats (1-0) got the 2020-2021 season off to a positive start on Thursday, Nov. 12, with a dominant 39-5 win over the Elba Lady Tigers (0-1) at home.
Enterprise never trailed in the game and started out on a 9-0 streak until Elba scored its first points, on a pair of free throws, with 25 seconds left in the opening period. Elba shot 0 percent from the field in the first quarter.
Enterprise outscored Elba 9-1 in the second quarter to take an 18-3 lead into halftime and then completely shut out Elba in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 13-0, to take a 31-3 lead into the final period.
The Lady Tigers had their best quarter of the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Enterprise 6-4, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Enterprise held on to a 35-9 win.
“You pretty much have a new team every year, so this was my first time seeing this team play and I thought we played hard,” Enterprise coach George Scott said. “We weren’t perfect but I thought we did a lot of good things last night.”
The Lady Cats were led by junior Dashia “NeNe” Nelson with 13 points, four rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and one assist. Fellow junior Jaida Gosha scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds along with earning three steals and one block on the defensive end.
Additionally, junior Harmony Baker chipped in with five points, four rebounds, six steals, two blocks and two assists, while senior Riley McCollough had three points, two assists, three rebounds, one block and three steals.
Scott said his Lady Cats have been working on their confidence shooting and it paid off against Elba.
“That is one thing we have been working on literally for the last three years,” Scott said of trying to build his team’s confidence in shooting. “Most of them can shoot and they take good shots but I don’t know if they believed they can make shots in a game.
“That was our problem last year. We had one scorer and if that scorer didn’t do well we didn’t do well. This year is different, they’ve worked hard on their individual skills and on their shots and they believe they can make shots in a game. Even under pressure they made shots last night, which is a really good sign for us.”
The Lady Cats get back to action on Nov. 20 on the road against Charles Henderson at 5:30 p.m. with the Wildcats also playing at 7 p.m. Scott said his team will work to continue improving before matching up with the Lady Trojans.
“We have to work on our ball handling and making better passes and getting up the floor on the fast break a little bit quicker,” Scott said. “We dribbled in the backcourt a little bit too much instead of looking up the floor first.
“Defensively, we only took one charge last night and I expect us to take three or four a game and cut the ball off. We can’t let people drive and beat us and not catch up and cut them off. We definitely have some things to work on because we’re going to play Charles Henderson and they’re really good.”