Volunteer's Savannah Felgemacher goes up for a jump shot against Howard in the Doc Maples Invitational at Viking Hall on Friday. Photo by Ned Jilton II
BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Howard girls basketball team had no answer for Savannah Felgemacher and the rest of the Volunteer Lady Falcons on Thursday night.
Volunteer jumped out to a 44-8 lead in the second quarter and cruised to an easy 71-18 result on the opening day of the Doc Maples Invitational inside Viking Hall.
Felgemacher finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Volunteer, which advanced into the winner’s bracket portion of the tournament. The Lady Falcons will face Daniel Boone tonight at 8 o’clock. The Lady Trailblazers beat South Atlanta 49-33 in Thursday’s nightcap.
The other winner’s bracket game will take place at 6:30 p.m. when Tennessee High faces Floyd County, Va., which beat Happy Valley 88-73 on Thursday.
Felgemacher said it was important to her team to jump ahead early and erase all doubt against the Lady Tigers.
“We played really well,” Felgemacher said. “Our passing game has gotten so much better. We’ve worked on that. We’ve learned that they can come back, no matter how bad or good the other team is playing.
“We really kept it up tonight.”
Volunteer scored at will on the Lady Tigers, especially in the paint. When the Lady Falcons did miss, they crashed the glass with reckless abandon, pulling down 16 offensive rebounds in the first half alone.
“Savannah put on a clinic out there,” Volunteer coach Jerry Meyers said. “She handled the ball, ran the break, had assists and scored on putbacks — she just played a great game.”
Felgemacher had a double-double by halftime, and after dropping a couple more baskets and pulling down a handful of boards early in the third quarter, she gave way to the underclassmen, who played until the final buzzer sounded.
For Meyers, getting his underclassmen valuable minutes in a varsity game was invaluable. And once the kids got out there, they were more than alright.
“We got a lot of young kids in the game and they played well,” Meyers said. “That’s the best our young kids have played.”
Felgemacher and the other starters enjoyed watching the reserves have their day in the sun. Volunteer’s backups outscored Howard 18-7 in the second half.
“They work hard in practice and they really want to be out there,” Felgemacher said. “It shows when they’re out there. They put forth a lot of effort.”
Danielle Knittel added 12 points for the Lady Falcons and Deshayla Rice led Howard with 13 points.
The Lady Trailblazers got past South Atlanta thanks in large part to Taylor Carmichel and Jaclyn Jenkins, who scored 15 points apiece. Boone outscored the Lady Hornets 18-8 in the fourth quarter.