Paine had several distractions Monday night.
The classes started back earlier in the day. The Lady Lions were playing their third game in five days. It added up to a slow start Paine soon overcame.
Ashley Watts scored 18 points as the Lady Lions broke off a big run late in the first half and pulled away from Miles, 55-44.
“They had a lot on their plate before they got to the gym,” Lady Lions coach Willie Adams said. “Once they figured out it was a ball game, they woke up and played.”
The Paine women (4-8, 2-1) are 2-0 in the new HEAL Complex. The Lady Lions now embark upon a three-game road trip Thursday, the start of a stretch which includes eight of their next 11 away from home.
“That’s going to be a stretch,” Adams said. “The thing about is whether we’re going to have our legs.”
Paine didn’t have its legs early on against Miles (4-8, 0-3). Then four minutes into the game, Watts hobbled off the court with an injured left leg after a drive to the basket – Adams said she took a knee to the leg. She returned a few minutes later, but by then Paine started its run.
After getting off to a slow start, the Lady Lions took an 11-9 lead on a BreAsia Burns layup. One minute later, Watts dished an inbounds pass across the court to Burns for another layup. After swishing a 3-pointer, Watts took the ball in transition, bouncing a pass ahead to Burns for another layup.
Ariel Brown, who scored 12, kept the run alive with a 16-foot jumper. Then, Destani Burton capped the 17-0 spurt with a free throw. Paine led 26-9.
“When Watts went out, they kind of picked it up on defense,” said. “BreAsia moved over to the four spot and it kind of opened her up to move around some.”