Laney’s Zephaniah Jasper got an open look and capped a game-changing scoring run with another 3-pointer.
Jasper made three early 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to a 59-38 win over Glenn Hills on Tuesday night.
Laney went on a 10-0 run to begin the second period, separating from Glenn Hills after a tight first period that left the two teams tied at 13. The 10 unanswered points lasted the first five minutes of the period.
Six of those points came on two 3-pointers by Jasper, who had 11 total points. Christian Keeling recorded a team-high 12 points.
The Spartans failed to score over that second-period span, the result of a tough zone defense implemented by Laney coach Buck Harris that lasted the remainder of the game.
“We made adjustments from last week and played more zone than man-to-man,” Harris said. “I’m proud of how the defense played. We played tough here at home, and that’s the way we should play.”
One week after Glenn Hills (2-1) inched past Laney (4-2) by two points at the Spartans’ home, the beginning of Tuesday’s contest at Laney looked like it would be another tight battle. But Harris attributed the scoring run, and the energy and toughness of Curtis Hightower off the bench, as difference-makers.
“We came out and competed,” Jasper said. “We were ready. The defense was definitely important tonight. We played a lot better, and it feels good to win at home.”
Glenn Hills’ Aubrey McRae scored 22 points in last week’s close win, but McRae was held to just nine points in Tuesday’s loss. Aaron Williamson led the Spartans with 15 points.
The Laney girls jumped to an early lead and breezed past Glenn Hills 75-30.
The Lady Wildcats had three in double figures as Wynita Wright had 16 points, Aliyah Collier had 14 and Destiny Brewton added 10.
Laney (6-1) got off to a 19-10 lead after the first period and matched the scoring with 19 points in the second. The Lady Wildcats put the game away with a 23-point third period while holding Glenn Hills (0-3) to fewer than 10 points in the final three periods.
“Collier has been key, and the guards played strong,” Laney coach Otis Smart said. “We’re trying to balance it out, but we’re not all together yet. We have some work to do.”