In Tuesday’s outing against the Wayne Lady Pioneers the Mingo Central Lady Miners had their work cut out for them. The Lady Pioneers cruised to a 55-35.
Mingo Central got off to a slow start in the first quarter. The Lady Miners started off one of five from the floor through the first four minutes of play. Scarlett Thomason scored the lone basket in this time-span from three-point range.
The Lady Pioneers seized the opportunity making five of their eight shots on their way to 13 points in the quarter, led by Lakyn Adkins’ eight points. She led all scorers for the quarter.
Mingo Central’s Zoe Evans and Maliyah Martin scored baskets late in the quarter to cut the score to 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Miners shooting woes continued into the second quarter. Zoe Martin made a three, the only field goal in the quarter for the Lady Miners. The other two points came by way of the free-throw line when Chelsee Mollett went two of two. That gave Mingo Central a total of five points in the quarter.
The Lady Pioneers duplicated their first quarter, scoring another 13 points putting them up 26-12 at the half.
Mingo Central made an attempt at a comeback to start the second half, getting Thomason open on back-to-back possessions for threes. After a good start to the half, turnovers began to plague the Lady Miners helping the Lady Pioneers combat their comeback efforts. The Lady Miners had their best scoring quarter with 14 points and showed flashes of cohesion with five different players scoring baskets. Wayne went basket-for-basket with the Lady Miners and by the end of the quarter and added 17 points to their total.
Strong rebounding efforts by the Lady Pioneers allowed for too many second-chance points for the Lady Miners to successfully bring their comeback hopes to fruition.
Thomason led the miners in scoring with 14 points on the night. Evans and Maliyah Martin scored seven points and Evans added five for the Lady Miners.
Mingo Central (3-9) is scheduled to host Herbert Hoover at 6:00 p.m. Saturday.