CALHOUN — The Calhoun Lady Jackets came out and dominated from the opening tip to the final buzzer on Saturday as they rolled to a 59-24 win over Pepperell at home.
Calhoun (16-1, 8-0) exploded in the first quarter for 26 points and held Pepperell to four. They then put the game even further out of reach with a 14-4 second quarter to lead 40-8 at the half.
“I thought it was huge to get off to that start today,” said Calhoun coach Jerry Pruett.
“Pepperell is a good team and have been in a lot of close games over the last couple weeks so it was big to get out to that big lead early to deflate them a little.”
A big part of the early-game surge for the Lady Jackets was Taylor Palmer, who had 15 points in the game to lead all scorers, 13 of those coming in the first quarter. Daisy Carpenter had nine points, and Wimberley Roe added eight as 12 separate players scored for the Lady Jackets.
“Taylor helped us out tremendously in that first quarter to get going offensively,” said Pruett. “She was getting offensive rebounds and second shots, and she was strong inside which helped get (Pepperell) in some early foul trouble.”
The Lady Dragons (9-9, 2-5) on the other hand had a hard time getting anything going offensively against Calhoun’s aggressive defense. Erin Wilder led the way for Pepperell with eight points. Jacrisa Ware had six.
Calhoun, which has now won 15 straight games and owns a two-game lead in the Region 7-AA standings, will host Chattooga on Tuesday; The Lady Dragons are back at home on Tuesday to play Coosa.
Even with the cushion in the region standings, Pruett said his team can’t relax.
“I’ve been trying to get through to them to take every game seriously and one at a time,” said Pruett. “We have to be ready to play every night because there aren’t any gimmes in our region.
“We’ve got some tough games ahead so we’ve got to continue doing what we’re doing.”