The Travis girls basketball team was able to find success early against the reigning District 20-6A champion, Dulles, but the Lady Vikes run past the Lady Tigers to a 68-30 win Saturday in Richmond.
“After the 21 days without basketball during the Christmas break, it has been rough,” Dulles head coach Christina Jamerson said. “It’s good to get back into the swing of things and knock the rust off.
“Travis gave us some good looks, and they didn’t back down.”
The Lady Tigers were able to use their size to make shots difficult and fight through passing lanes to force turnovers. The defense successes lacked the pairing with offensive points; Travis struggled to put the ball in the hoop all game.
“We stressed being calm,” Jamerson said. “We want to dictate the pace of the game.
“We were throwing the ball around early today, and we just need to settle down. We have to spread the ball around, run the offense and play Dulles basketball.”
Travis scored only four points in the first quarter. Senior Kentarah Upchurch and sophomore Chelsea Ugochukwu each recorded a basket.
Dulles senior Nya Threatt got the Lady Vikes rolling early with a pair of three-pointers, and senior guard Jakiya Thompson added three points the old fashion way.
Threatt continued to score in the second quarter, and she finished with 14 points in the first half. Senior guard Kaylie Johnson added five points for Dulles. Upchurch and junior Kennedi Mays combined for eight points for Travis in the second quarter.
Dulles led 29-12 at halftime.
The Lady Vikes picked up right where they left off in the third quarter, scoring 20 points in the eight-minute frame. Thompson hit two three-pointers for Dulles, and senior Alia Diop added four points.
Dulles finished off the win with eight free throws, converting six of them. Thompson had six points in the final frame.
The Lady Tigers found more scoring success by attacking the rim; Travis drew 10 free throws in the second — converting eight of them.
Threatt finished with 20 points for Dulles, while Thompson had 15 points. Upchurch finished with a team-high 11 points for Travis.
Travis (7-13, 3-4) will travel to Elkins on Wednesday, while Dulles (17-6, 6-1) will host Austin.
“I feel confident in our girls heading to Wednesday,” Jamerson said. “It’s going to be a battle against Austin.”