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Whitson blazes in 28 points, D-B girls dump Unaka

Allen LaMountain • Nov 23, 2018 at 10:13 PM

BLUFF CITY — Senior post Courtney Whitson scored a game-high 28 points on Friday night inside Sullivan East’s Dyer Dome, where the Dobyns-Bennett girls basketball team took an easy 64-28 win over Unaka in the annual Triten Insurance Thanksgiving Classic.

Whitson shot 63.1 percent (12-of-19) from the floor.

Junior guard Megan Ayers and senior post Caitlyn Wallace each had eight points and sophomore post Jabrea Johnson totaled five points and 10 rebounds to back Whitson’s effort.

“Our depth helped us tremendously tonight,” Lady Indians coach Bill Francis said. “We thought coming in that maybe we would (have a size advantage). We have 13 kids on the roster and, honestly, all 13 of them can play.”

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D-B led by just six, 18-12, after one quarter. The Lady Indians (5-1) cranked it up in the second period when they outscored the Lady Rangers (0-4) for a 38-19 halftime lead.

Whitson had 17 first-half points behind 7-for-9 shooting, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc.

D-B held Unaka to just four third-quarter points and increased its lead by 10 for a 52-23 advantage going into the final quarter of play.

“We could mix kids in and out, with Whitson sometimes going to the wing,” Francis said. “Her jump shot was on tonight, and I was real pleased with how our point guard (Jaden) Potts managed the game tonight. She’s slowing down. She always played too fast and I told her to slow down.

“We always talk about smooth is fast but fast isn’t smooth, and we are starting to play smoother — which I really like.”

Senior post Myah Parlier finished with nine points and senior guard Savannah Tipton had eight for Unaka.

The Lady Indians have fared well in the tournament, posting wins over Hampton, Unicoi County and now Unaka.

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