Hunter Tops Central

Photo by Kristen Luther
Andrea Lewis of Hunter drives between Central’s Laura Moore (42) and Whitney Murray (30).

  The Hunter Tigers showed up at the Central Comets' court Monday night and were ready to play. The boys team came out with a 64-34 victory and the Lady Tigers walked off the hardwood with a 20-point win, 42-22.
  "They played a really good defense," Hunter girls head coach Tammy Taylor said. "We picked up well on the rebounding a stuff. Tonight was one of the best performances Hannah Colbaugh has ever put on. She really hustled. Andrea Lewis did an excellent job handling the press and Kayla Winters really stepped up for us tonight. I was real excited with them."
  The Lady Tigers came out hard at the start and the ended up with a 12-point advantage at the end of the first, and the lead grew over the course of the game. Hannah Colbaugh led the team with 16 points, and Chelsea Anderson tallied eight points for the team.
  Hunter was dominate on defense, giving the Lady Comets very few looks at the basket. Central didn't get on the board until 11 seconds left in the first quarter.
  Hayley Sisk led the team with seven points and Halle Verran totaled five points. Laura Moore also put in a beautiful 3-pointer in the second quarter.
  Both teams came out of the half grappling for possession, but the Lady Tigers dominated the third. The Lady Comets just couldn't catch up in time.
  "We are deep but we are not confident," Central girls assistant coach Lisa Sisk said. "Our JV was undefeated last year and I think they are going to have a hard time keeping up with that."
  The Central and Hunter boys came out evenly matched in the first quarter of their game. In the top of the second, Hunter coach Chris Collins called an immediate timeout when the defense left Central's Clint Hoilman wide open. The Tigers came down with the fast break and kept a three-point lead at the half.
  Hunter came back from the half laying the press down hard and shut down the Central offense, increasing its lead at the third to 18 points.
  Chris Pierce made a behind the back pass to Cody Cornett for a 31-24 lead. While both teams were fighting hard, Hunter's Justin Taylor made a down-the-court pass to Chris Pierce for a 33-24 lead then Cody Waters applied the pressure and forced another turnover.
  Hunter forced turnover after turnover and the game ran away from the Comets.
  The Comets seemed to lose their wind in the fourth, only hitting the boards five times, two of which were at the foul line.
  Hoilman lead Central with 14 points, and both Derrick Mann and Sebastian Dugger tallied six points, with each one sent to the line once.
  "Hunter is a tough team," Central head coach Lamont Barnett said. "We only had one returning starter this year. The guys that we have that are experienced, are experienced through JV from last year. They are trying to step up. Right now, we are just inexperienced as far as varsity goes. We were down three points at the half, and the press in the second half just got to us."
  Cody Waters led Hunter with 16 points, with two shots coming from way out of the boundary. Justin Taylor had 15 points, with Cornett putting up 10 on the board.
  "Justin Taylor kind of kept us in there early," Collins said. "He is probably my best athlete. Kelly Rupter is a force but he needs to learn that he can't block shots. We came out with the pressure in the second half and they came out ready to play. Kids came off the bench and played well also. I am pleased with the team that I have. I think that we have a lot of potential."