Once the jump shots began to fall, Glenn Hills found the cure.
The Spartans, sluggish in the opening half, found their groove offensively in the last two quarters to turn a close game into a 64-46 rout on Tuesday night against Burke County.
Slowed by the Bears’ zone defense, Glenn Hills improved its shooting and forced Burke County to adjust. After that, the Spartans grew more comfortable and piled up steals for transition points.
“We came out and made shots; then they went man, and that played into our favor,” Glenn Hills coach Travis McRae said.
Tied at 18 at the half, the Spartans scored 46 points in the second half.
Aubrey McRae, who had 18 points, hit an early 3-pointer in the third and Naquan Turner also provided two quick baskets in the surge. Turner posted 16 points.
Playing with a growing lead, the Spartans turned to its transition game to expand it. Though Burke County guard Donquell Green used the perfect amount of speed on some plays, dishing lasers to teammates for easy hoops, matters changed in the third quarter.
After one turnover, Aaron Williamson got a slam the other way. Across the gym, Green slammed the floor with his hands in disappointment.
The score helped push the Spartans’ edge into double figures, and it got only bigger as Glenn Hills improved to 20-1.
In the girls game, Burke County started taking control in the second quarter of a 52-33 win.
Alexus Gordon and her teammates frequently beat defenders for quick scores, getting field goals after steals, blocks or rebounds by constantly looking down the court, hoping to get opportunities for long passes.
Once down 13-12 in the second quarter, Burke County raced by thanks to those close baskets. On one play, Gordon was all alone behind the defense, allowing her to catch the ball and finish.
“That starts with practice,” Burke County coach Leslie Cooper said. “Every day we do 30 minutes of fast-break drills. It’s too much work to not get the easy basket.”