Tori Bailey continues to put on a show for the RCS women’s basketball team.
The first-year guard’s 23 points on Thursday night helped the Lady Bulldogs (5-18, 3-11) win 36-29 over Triangle Math and Science Academy.
With their victory, RCS snapped a seven-game losing streak. The victory is the Lady Bulldogs’ first since the beginning of 2020.
“They finally came through, and they accepted the fact that I told them I needed some other shooters besides Tori,” said RCS head coach Earl Bailey, who also got scoring contributions from Kendall Dunevant, Dulce Garcia and Trinity Everette on Thursday night. “Everybody played good: Dulce played good, Trinity played well, Michayaj didn’t score, but she played well. Even with four fouls, she was limited, but she stayed aggressive on defense with the blocked shots and rebounds.”
Dunevant’s return from illness was a big factor, especially on the defensive end.
“Kendall, her effort is always there,” said Earl Bailey. “She was laying on the floor, getting loose balls. She helps us out a lot.”
Only up by four at the half (11-7), the Lady Bulldogs pulled away with a 25-point second half. RCS created transition offense, something Earl Bailey looks for every game, by snagging defensive rebounds and moving the ball quickly up the court.
“We had a real team effort in the second half,” said Earl Bailey. “I really liked that.”
Although the Tigers (2-15, 1-15) cut the deficit to two at multiple points in the third quarter, RCS locked down on defense to prevent TMSA for tying it up or taking the lead.
“We played zone because I remembered the last time we played TMSA, the guards they had controlling the ball couldn’t handle well,” said Earl Bailey. “Tonight, I put Tori and Dulce on them, and brought somebody else up (to defend). If they broke our defense and threw it ahead, we got a steal.”
Earl Bailey consistently looks for his team to generate offense from strong defense.
“We started generating points like that in transition,” said Earl Bailey. “If we can stop folks and get ourselves together, we can score on just about anybody. To be honest with you, there’s not a strong team out there, it’s just that we’re a young team.”
Confidence played a big factor in the Lady Bulldogs’ victory.
“They have to believe in themselves,” said Earl Bailey. “Like I told them, stop looking to Tori for everything, and believe in yourself. Last night, they believed in themselves.”
In addition to Tori Bailey’s game-high 23 points, Everette hit a pair of fourth-quarter threes, Garcia contributed three points, and Dunevant registered two.
To check out the results from last night’s contest against Henderson Collegiate, go to http://www.personcountylife.com/sports/.