The Timberland High School girls basketball team enters the second half of the season with a great opportunity to record its best campaign since winning it all in 2010-11.
The Lady Wolves began the region slate with a 46-23 victory over visiting Oceanside Collegiate on Friday. They improved to 10-4 overall, two wins short of the 2015-16 total.
“I told my girls the second or third game of the season in the locker room that there is something special in here,” THS coach Allen Gethers said. “We’re trying to get them to believe in themselves.”
Timberland hosts North Charleston on Jan. 8 and travels to Garrett Tech on Jan. 11 and Burke on Jan. 15 before hosting Philip Simmons on Jan.18.
“We’re taking the rest of these nine games one game at a time,” Gethers said. “If we continue to play good defense, we’re going to be OK.”
Against Oceanside, Timberland jumped out to a 9-2 advantage after a quarter and extended the lead to 22-9 at halftime. The Lady Wolves put it away in the third, outscoring Oceanside 12-4 in the period.
Senior Elajah Allen led the Lady Wolves with 17 points while senior Jay’la Evans contributed 12 points. Eighth-grader Amiyah Ferguson chipped in nine points.
Allen, Ferguson, sophomore Kyla Rembert and senior Christina Lundy all tracked down five rebounds apiece. Evans dished out four assists and senior Cheyenne Padgett blocked two shots.
For Allen, it was a continuation of a solid stretch of games. She has reached double figures in four straight contests.
On Jan. 2, she torched C.E. Murray for 20 points and 11 rebounds.
“Since the tournament she has stepped it up big-time,” Gethers said. “She was all-tournament in the Carolina Invitational and that has built her confidence up. She’s been doing it on both ends of the floor. She’s playing hard.”
In the Oceanside-Timberland boys games, Oceanside won 85-35.