The Andrew Jackson won both games against Chesterfield on Tuesday Night. The effective use of the full court and half court press has added much to their game.
Using teammates to get the best shot is part of Coach Wright’s philosophy of “right pass and right shot.” The 5-1, 2-1 Andrew Jackson Volunteers played “a complete game” according to head coach Danny Wright. “They played the entire game and worked together as a team.” The Vols were able to close off the inside shooting game for the 1-9, 0-4 Chesterfield Rams throughout the entire game.
The Vols dove into the Rams’ boards and rebounded the ball consistently. The Rams could not defend the Vols’ basket effectively and the Vols used that advantage for points adding layups.
The Vols advanced out to an early 7 point lead at the end of one quarter. The Vols lead grew to 21 at the half, with the score 36-15. At the end of three quarters, the Vols led by 29 points and the advantage lasted to the end of the game with a margin of 31 points, Volunteers win 71-40.
Jalen Robinson led the Volunteers in scoring with 15 points on 4 goals, 1 trey, and 4 of 4 free throws. OJ White had 13 points on 5 goals and one trey. Joey Walters had 9 points. Tyrone Gilford and Jamie Hinson each had 8 points. Josh Adams had 6 points. DJ Ealey added 5 points Jyleik Elder and Shiheme Ricks each had 3 points, and Daymond Cunningham had one point.
The Lady Vols found a defense that stopped the 4-6, 1-3 Lady Rams starting in the second quarter. They employed a zone strategy that kept the Lady Rams from the basket. Defensive pressure has been a strong part of the Lady Vols 6-2, 3-0 success this season.
Lady Vols was led in scoring by Alexis Roberson with 11 points on 4 goals and 3 of 5 free throws. Caroline Wrenn and Osha Black each had 9 points. Ieasha Williams added 6 points. Oksana Lathan had 3 points. Annsley Vick and Mackenzie Marshall each had 2 points.
AJ Lady Vols head coach Olivia Gaines was not pleased with the 17 points given up in the first quarter. “That can’t happen. Once we got going, they (Lady Rams) did not score much more. They can’t shoot in a zone”.
The Volunteers will come back after Christmas Break for the Comporium Classic tourney on December 28th and 29th.