Tuesday night at the Margaret Wade Gymnasium, Skeen tied a career high with 35 points, including a school record eight 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 61-34 win over the Yazoo City Lady Indians in Region 3-4A action. Cleveland improved to 12-11 with a 3-4 mark in the region, while Yazoo City fell to 0-11.
Yazoo City hung with Cleveland in the first quarter as the Lady Wildcats held a slim 11-9 heading into the second quarter. Skeen hit two 3-pointer in the first quarter to help Cleveland maintain the lead. In the second quarter, Skeen shifted her game into another gear as she hit two more three-pointers and made her presence known at the free throw line by making five of her six shots from the charity stripe to finish with 19 points in the first half. Skeen’s production allowed Cleveland to take a 34-16 halftime lead.
“The first quarter, she came out and missed a couple of shots,” Cleveland High head coach Jenny McCullough said. “It takes her a little bit to get warmed up. Once she gets going, she shoots well. Really and truly, you can’t afford to leave her standing. Once she catches it, she’s tough. The skill she has is she has worked for.”
In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats continued to add to their lead. Skeen’s shooting wasn’t the only thing going well for the Lady Wildcats. Cleveland’s defense did a good job at making life difficult for the Lady Indians. After three quarters, Cleveland led 50-25. Yazoo City never scored more than nine points in a quarter. Katelyn Thompson, Lauren Ashley Collins and Brittany Brown combined for 12 steals. Skeen also added 11 more points in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we had a pretty good game plan coming into Yazoo City,” McCullough said. “Now that we’ve played everybody, we’ve had a chance to scout them. The sophomores did a really good job on the press. Lauren Ashley’s effort defensively has kept us in a lot of games.”
Thompson scored eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and recorded four steals to aid the Lady Wildcats, followed by Lauren Ashley Collins with six points, five rebounds and three steals, Brittany Brown with five points, five steals and three rebounds. Kerri Harpole, Skeen and Taylor Collins each recorded two steals to aid Cleveland’s defense.
Cleveland will return to action on Friday when the team travels to Greenwood to play Greenwood High School.