Lady Purples beat Spartans, remain unbeaten in district play

Another District 14 game, another win for the Bowling Green girls’ basketball team.

Hosting crosstown foe South Warren on Tuesday evening at Bowling Green High School, the Lady Purples took care of business yet again — cruising to a 61-38 win over the Spartans to remain unbeaten in district play.

Bowling Green (13-5 overall, 3-0 District 14) led 18-9 after the opening quarter, built a 38-20 advantage at halftime and remained in front throughout the second half to record a fourth straight victory.

“I thought we started the game out really, really flat … and I thought South Warren took advantage of it,” Bowling Green coach Calvin Head said. “We challenged our kids — and I thought they stepped up. Defensively, we were able to hold tight and hold it together so we could get some points on the board.”

LynKaylah James and Keyozdon Jones each finished with 16 points to lead the Lady Purples.

Taylor Enlow led South Warren (10-9, 2-1) with 12 points.

The two sides played a competitive few minutes as the scoreboard was even at 6-6 at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter. Enlow’s 3-pointer gave South Warren a 9-6 lead, but Bowling Green closed the period with a 12-0 run to go up 18-9 entering the second.

Brooke Stevenson’s score brought the Spartans within 21-11 early into the second, but the Lady Purples used a quick 6-0 spurt to take a 27-11 lead at the 4:04 mark.

Lydia Frank made a triple for South Warren to make it 33-20, but Jones scored the final five points of the half to put Bowling Green up 38-20 at the break.

“It feels really good,” Jones, who also had seven rebounds, said of her performance. “I feel like I can step up — especially rebounding — because I’m not that tall, so it feels good to step up for my team.”

South Warren opened the third quarter on a positive note, using a 6-0 run to cut its deficit to 38-26 at the 4:22 mark. However, the Lady Purples answered with a 5-0 run to take a 43-26 lead and ultimately led 46-28 heading into the final period.

Ava Bennett hit a pair of 3s to put Bowling Green up 52-31, and James and Jones scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Lady Purples a 59-35 lead with 3:05 left — and they coasted from there.

“If we can commit to the defensive end more consistent, that just helps us,” Head said. “When we’re able to get out in transition cause we get stops, our scoring numbers go up, we share the ball well and multiple people are close to getting into double figures. That’s the brand of basketball that we’ve gotta play.”

Both teams return to action Friday as Bowling Green hosts Warren Central and South Warren travels to Muhlenberg County. Both games are scheduled to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

SWHS — 9 11 8 10 — 38

BGHS — 18 20 8 15 — 61

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