Defense lifts Calera girls over MHS

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Montevallo's Myshael Thompson drives to the basket in a matchup with Calera Dec. 10. (Contributed/Amy Pintaro)

Montevallo’s Myshael Thompson drives to the basket in a matchup with Calera Dec. 10. (Contributed/Amy Pintaro)

By TREY HICKMAN/For the Reporter

MONTEVALLO — A’kia Harris had 12 points and seven steals, and Calera held host Montevallo scoreless for the entire third quarter as the Eagles stayed undefeated with a 46-26 win in girls basketball.

In a game whose outcome was never in doubt, head coach James Knowles’ squad also limited the Bulldogs to four first-quarter points and Harris’ night paired with a host of noteworthy complementary performances while Calera upped its record to 3-0 in the season’s early going.

“A win’s a win,” said Calera head coach James Knowles. “That’s the thing to think about. (But) we are still sloppy and we still have to learn to execute, to be a better team. They have a goal of going to Birmingham (for the regional playoffs), and I tell them all the time you’re not going to Birmingham playing half-way.”

Tyesha Haynes and D’Aundria Griffin had nine points apiece while Tia McCarter collected four points and seven steals, Keyanna Gayden got six points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and Breonna Caldwell contributed four steals in the 20-point victory.

However, the road to Birmingham is about to get bumpier.

“Thursday and Friday we’re for sure playing somebody,” Knowles said. “We have Thompson and Oneonta back-to-back so it can be nasty if we don’t play any better than we did tonight.”

Isabel Gallo and Natalie Holsomback had five points apiece while MyShael Thompson tallied four as Montevallo fell to 4-6.