SHAW — The Cleveland Central Wolves and Lady Wolves continued to roll here Saturday as both squads were victorious on the hardwood against the Shaw High School Hawks and Lady Hawks.
The Lady Wolves took care of the Lady Hawks 44-19 to improve to 8-2 on the season. The Lady Hawks fell to 0-6 on the year.
The Wolves pulled away from the Hawks in the fourth quarter in boys action for a 51-35 win.
The loss for the Hawks was their first of the season to put them at 6-1. Cleveland Central improved to 5-5 on the year.
The Wolves led at the end of the first quarter 11-7 and at halftime held a 26-17 lead.
Cleveland Central opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to increase its lead to 34-17.
The Hawks answered with a jumper and two free throws from Montrelli Finley as well as two free throws from Orlando Truss to close the Wolves’ lead to 34-23.
By the end of the third quarter the Hawks had climbed back into the game, trailing 34-27 behind a string defensive effort.
The fourth quarter was all CCHS as the Wolves picked up their defensive intensity and held the Hawks to only eight points in the quarter while they were able to score 15 points to secure the 51-35 win.
Cleveland Central head coach Bernard Berryhill said he thought the Wolves did a great job of matching Shaw’s energy and in many instances exceeding it.
“Shaw plays very hard,” said Berryhill. “We had to exceed their intensity and handle the adversity. I was encouraged with the growth we have shown which is directly related to the our practices. Hopefully, the players see the same.”
Berryhill also explained that the culture they are working to create at Cleveland Central is starting to show and Saturday’s win was a good example if that.
“I was very pleased with our efforts,” Berryhill said. “We are working on building hard working habits. I challenged them to make the first, second, third and fourth efforts. We are forming an identity, one that all involved can be proud of and we work to do things the right way all of the time.”
Leroy Cotton led the Wolves with 20 points and Josh Kirkham added nine points in the win. Finley led Shaw with 13 points, followed by Truss with seven points.
On the girls side, the game started slow with the both teams tied at 4-4 at the end of the opening period.
The Lady Wolves opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 14-4 advantage. By halftime, Cleveland was on top 20-10.
The Lady Wolves never looked back in the contest as they controlled the rest of the game with solid defense and strong rebounding.
Coach Whitney Williams, the head coach for the Lady Wolves, expressed being happy about the win, but felt the team could have played better. She was especially proud of the way her team played defense.
“We got off to a sluggish start,” said Williams. “I keep trying to remind them that our defense will open opportunities offensively. We did a better job at getting a couple of transition baskets which helped us pull away.”
Antanisha Wade led the Lady Wolves with 19 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Takiela Wright scored eight points.
Katelyn Coleman scored nine points to lead the Lady Hawks.