Petty, improving Goleman key win
Amy Petty and Jackie Goleman combined for 45 points to take De Soto to a 59-47 Frontier League win Tuesday over Anderson County.
Petty scored 15 of the 17 points scored by De Soto in the first quarter. Then the Wildcats took advantage of a smaller Anderson County lineup by going inside to Goleman in the second quarter. The sophomore scored nine of her 11 first-half points in the second quarter.
"I wish we could do that every night," Wildcat coach Dwight Spencer said. "Jackie is really improving. Now she just has to become more consistent."
The Wildcats had a huge edge in talent and in the end that was the difference in the game, Spencer said.
"Our size and overall ability was the difference," he said. "We had more basketball players on the court, and that overwhelmed them in the end."
But that doesn't mean the Bulldogs didn't give De Soto some problems. Anderson County applied a zone defense that bothered the Wildcats, and the Bulldogs were able to beat De Soto off the dribble at times.
The Wildcats took a 10-point lead after a period of play. De Soto increased the lead to 36-19 at intermission. The Wildcats led 52-35 going into the final period.
De Soto lost its fifth game of the season Monday night when 10-8 Spring Hill pulled away in the second half. The Broncos leaned on the outside shooting of Amanda Dittmer, who had 12 points in the first half.
Petty led the Wildcats with 14 points. Goleman tallied nine points on the night. Sam Johnson added seven points. Lauren Sykes put up 13 points for the Broncos while Kara Erickson chipped in with eight points for the hosts.
De Soto (12-5) plays at 8 p.m. Thursday at Louisburg.
"They're a good team," Spencer said of the team De Soto played in the championship game of the Louisburg tournament. "We're going to have to have some kids step up. But we'll go in there and battle. I expect to play as hard and as smart as possible. If that happens, hopefully things will work out for us."