By Jimbo Collins / For The Times-Tribune

Corbin forced Evarts into 18 first half turnovers en route to a 70-39 win Monday. The Lady Redhounds scored the game’s first 10 points and never looked back.

Evarts (5-9) only attempted 15 field goals in the first half, while Corbin (12-6) made 12-of-32 attempts in the half.

“I had watched Evarts earlier and I knew that if we applied defensive pressure early that they were prone to turnovers,” Corbin head coach Jennifer Parsons said. “I felt like we did a really good job coming out and playing defensively, baseline to baseline, and forcing those turnovers without getting into foul trouble. Most importantly we were able to convert on the offensive end from those turnovers.”

The Lady Redhounds controlled the tempo of the game with their defense and led 19-4 after one quarter. Sam Thomas and Shanoa Middleton hit back-to-back shots for the Lady Cats early in the second, but Corbin responded with a 10-4 run to close out the quarter and take a commanding 33-11 lead into halftime.

“We came into this knowing that Corbin has a good ball team,” Evarts head coach Megan Messmer said. “I think our girls came in a little scared and a little passive. They kind of just wanted to sit back and we did a little bit better on that in the second half. It was just getting over ... being nervous, and that is what killed us in the first half.”

Evarts only committed three turnovers in the third quarter, but the 22-point deficit was too much to overcome. The Lady Redhounds hit 8-of-13 from the field in the quarter to offset the adjustments made by Evarts. Corbin outscored The Lady Cats 21-16 in the third.

“I was pleased with all the girls tonight,” Parsons said. “The girls that came off the bench played a lot of minutes tonight and they didn’t give up the lead. They played most all the second half and I felt like our bench did an outstanding job keeping up the defensive pressure and scoring on the other end.”

Brittany Jackson and Mikkah Rogers combined to score 30 points to lead the way for Corbin. The Lady Redhounds used their entire bench, and every player scored in the victory.

“It gives confidence to the younger girls knowing that they can play. I have eighth graders coming in there off the bench and that is good for them and us to know that they can play,” Parsons said.

Corbin plays at Williamsburg tonight. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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