Abbeville's Zaryhria Fuller grabs the ball against McCormick on Saturday night.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Depth proved to be the difference in the game between McCormick and Abbeville High School girls basketball teams Saturday night at Emerald.
While the Panthers struggled to find production from its bench players, the Chiefs got 18 points from three subs, helping them beat Abbeville 50-42.
"It feels good," McCormick coach Gena Wideman said of the win. "We've had a lot of recovery take place. We've had concussions, stitches in the head, injured knees to the point where I had lost three starters and my sixth man off the bench. It was very difficult to come back off of that, it took a while to rebuild, and they came out and showed much better promise."
Dealing with those injuries helped build McCormick's depth, and that paid off against Abbeville. Toniyah Wideman led all bench players with 7 points, Destiny Edwards added 6 and Zaryhria Fuller chipped in 5 for the Chiefs, while Abbeville got just two points from its non-starters. That added scoring complemented Narquevia Jennings, who led all scorers with 17.
"They were very big," Wideman said. "They put us in it and kept us going. They stepped up to the plate, they moved, they moved with the quickness. They didn't sit back and watch the game, they decided to play the game."
On the other hand, depth hurt the Panthers. Abbeville was without one starter and its best defender, Jenisha Belcher, who is out with a broken wrist, and Quasha Martin missed the majority of the fourth quarter after fouling out. In the first three quarters, Martin led the Panthers with 12 points.
With Martin out in the fourth, McCormick outscored Abbeville 15-10, stretching a two-point lead to the eight-point final margin.
"My depth on my bench is not as good as theirs," Abbeville coach Brenda Jackson said. "We didn't do what we needed to do boxing out, they kept getting second and third chances. We just didn't do what we needed to do on offense or defense.
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