MARIETTA — Kingston’s Alli Wakely scored 27 points, including 8 of 8 from the line, and teammate Kes Reeves hit for 20 points as the Lady Redskins rolled past the Marietta Lady Indians 57-39 Tuesday night at the Marietta High School gym.
The Lady Redskins improved to 2-1 on the season with the victory. The Lady Indians fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Marietta took a 9-8 lead after the first period, but the Lady Redskins owned the next three frames. Kingston employed a full-court pressure defense against the Lady Indians, and that had a strong effect in the Marietta ball handling. The Lady Indians committed 34 turnovers in the game with 18 of those coming from Kingston steals.
With the Lady Indians struggling to maintain ball control, the Lady Redskins went to work on the offensive end. Kingston had an 18-10 edge in the second period and took a 26-19 lead to halftime.
“We came out with our pressure defense, and I believe it had a strong effect on them,” Kingston coach Chad Rumer said. “We don’t have a lot of team height. So we to use our speed and quickness to get the job done.
“We missed a lot of shots from inside of two feet tonight, and I hope we can fix that pretty quick,” Rumer said. “I told the girls with the way our defense creates turnovers, it is a shame not to find a way to reward ourselves at the offensive end. I see a lot of improvement in our team from our first two games. We have a very young squad, and I am happy to see such strong performances out of everyone. We turned the ball over 21 times, and I want to see us reduce that number for sure.”
Kingston went on a 5-0 run to start the third, and that put a damper on any possible Marietta comeback attempt in the second half. The Lady Redskins held and 18-11 edge in the third and took a 44-30 lead to the final period.
“We never could seem to get things going tonight,” Marietta coach Kyle Hunter said. “We seemed to be flat. We got three of our guards in foul trouble in the early going, and that hurt us a lot.
“When you have to sit the starting guards it hurts your ability to handle the ball properly, and that’s where a lot of the turnovers came from,” Hunter said. “Their defense pressured us tonight, and that did create some ball handling issues, especially with the foul troubles. We had way too many turnovers to be successful, and that made for a real tough night.”
Marietta out-shot Kingston from the floor by hitting 16 of 34 (47 percent) to the Lady Redskins’ 43 percent (20 of 46). At the line it was a different story, however. Kingston knocked down 13 of 20 (65 percent) to just 29 percent (4 of 14) for the Lady Indians. Marietta also had a 25-20 rebounding advantage.
Reagan Bean led the Marietta scoring with 13 points. Elaine Jones had 12 rebounds to go with her nine points for the Lady Indians.
Kingston 8 18 18 13 — 57
Marietta 9 10 11 9 — 39
Kingston (2-1): Alli Wakely 27, Kes Reeves 20, Taylor Bailey 8, Danna Wagnon 2.
Marietta (1-1): Reagan Bean 13, Elaine Jones 9, Ashley Flores 8, Logan Willis 4, Briana Dewey 3, Myranda Goodspeed 2.