Trojans upend Saydel in season opener

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Marlorie McKinney prepares to take a shot against Saydel. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The Pleasantville High School varsity girls’ basketball team dominated Saydel Monday night to win its season opener, 52-25.

Saydel was actually first on the board with a free throw. Free throws would account for the bulk of Saydel’s points on the night.

The Trojans then took over and led 18-5 by the end of the first quarter. Head Coach Jeff Cook worked everyone into the game through the first half. Defense was the name of the game for the Trojans as Saydel managed only six points in the second quarter. The Trojans led 27-11 at the half.

In an uneventful third quarter, only eight total points were scored in the first six minutes. By the end of the quarter, Pleasantville led 39-15.

Saydel outscored the Trojans 6-2 in the first four minutes of the final frame. Late in the game, Josie Hutchings scored Pleasantville’s only three-point shot. Not many shots were taken from the outside throughout the game by the Trojans. Despite the big lead, Pleasantville did not let up and stayed aggressive throughout.

Malorie McKinney, who came in off the bench, led the Trojans with 15 points in the game. Ad Adreon had 14, Hutchings finished the game with 10, Breanna Benge had six, Faith VanderHart had six and Rachel Harvey, two.

The Trojans next travel to Twin Cedars to take on the Sabers Monday night, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.