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Lady Drifters varsity slams Charles City

The Drifters varsity girls’ basketball team opened their season with an impressive 41-24 victory over the Charles City Panthers.
At first glance, the Panthers are noticeably lacking in depth with only six players on the team; however, what the Panthers lacked in team size, they more than made up for it in determination. For four straight quarters the Panther were relentless, as they attempted to overwhelm the host Drifters with quickness and hustling skills.

However, the Drifters refused to allow the Panthers to outwork them, and eventually wore them down.
In the first quarter after trailing for the first 7 minutes, the Drifters rallied back to take the lead 13-12. Initially, Panther shooting guard Chiquita Black made the opening charge with a three-pointer and two shots from the foul line.
In light of the fast paced tempo, it seemed difficult for both teams to set up a half-court offense.
Combined with a 3-pointer and Melissa Turner foul shot, the Drifters methodically crept back into the game. Eventually the Drifters took lead at 13-12, as Jennay Shanklin, Turner and Jameisha Fulcher combined to 6 points.
The Drifters would never relinquish the lead, or let the Panthers come within reach of tying them for the rest of the game.
Karley Inscoe set the tone for the rest of the game as she opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer. Minutes later, Inscoe assisted Shanklin on a long range 3-pointer to give the Drifters a 19-15 lead. Led by Inscoe’s third 3-pointer of the game, the Drifters opened up a 24-17 lead.
Defensively, Shavante McDowney and Turner shut down the Panther scoring. The Drifters led by a lay-up from Turner led the Panther 26-17 going into the second half.
In sense of urgency, the Panthers attempted to change the momentum of the game by aggressively pressing the Drifters on defense and fighting tenaciously for every loose ball.
The Drifters countered by forcing turnovers, that transitioned into Turner scoring four points in the low post. Along with the Panthers failing to execute on four fast break scoring opportunities that would have cut the lead, and the Drifters’ suffocating defense, the Drifters defeated the Panthers 41-24 for their first victory of the season.
Turner led Drifters with 15 points, as Inscoe finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Jennay Shanklin finished with 8 points and two 3-pointers.
Black led the Panthers with 10 points, while teammate Cheyenne Davis added eight points.

 Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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