Chelsea bounces back with 30-point win over Spain Park

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

HOOVER – After coming within a point of their first area win on Friday against No. 4 Hewitt-Trussville, the Chelsea Hornets got in the win column in area play with a dominant 39-9 win over the Spain Park Jaguars on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Spain Park High School.

The Hornets got to work early with a 13-point first quarter on offense. Chelsea’s reliable trio of Haley Trotter, Sadie Schwallie and Caroline Brown each scored a basket in the first, but it was Olivia Pryor who started another impressive performance with four first-quarter points.

The Jags’ five points in the first quarter proved to be their most productive eight minutes of the game as the Chelsea defense locked them down for just four more points in the rest of the game.

Pryor added another four points in the second as the Hornets dropped 14 more points from six different scorers before halftime. They held Spain Park scoreless and pulled away as the quarter went on to earn a 27-5 lead going into the break.

The Hornets didn’t allow the Jags to score until the final minute of the third quarter as they continued to pile on points.

Chelsea extended its lead by nine as Trotter added four more points to her total and led 37-6 at the end of three quarters of play.

From there, the Hornets turned the game over to their bench and saw out the 30-point victory while giving valuable playing time to their depth players.

Pryor led the team with a game-high 10 points and seven steals. Trotter had eight points and three rebounds, Schwallie scored six points off a pair of three-pointers and Brown had six points and three steals.

Chelsea improved to 1-1 in area play and will travel to Oak Mountain on Friday, Jan. 12 to face the Eagles at 5:30 p.m.

Spain Park is also 1-1 in the area and will go to Hewitt-Trussville on the same night at 5:30 p.m. to battle the Huskies.