It was an experiment that may yield benefits down the road but Monday “we weren’t too successful,” Mobley said. His Demonettes improved to 7-0 on the year and were slated to play Randolph-Clay in the semifinals Tuesday. “(In the end) we had to go back to what we’re most comfortable (doing).”
In addition to the defenses, Mobley said they tried “a lot of things.” One of those was “getting it inside more.” To that end they found Jilesha Orange, who finished with 10 points, a willing participant. She worked underneath and netted two early baskets as a result. Hers and Courtney Johnson’s one-of-two at the free-throw line gave the Demonettes an early 5-4 lead midway through the first. Diamond Hudson hit a three-pointer – more on her later - to increase it to 8-4 before Danielle Gazaway got on the scoreboard for three. She first drove to the basket, missed on a layup but was fouled. She missed the first from the charity stripe but connected on the second. Then about a minute later she drove to the basket again, this time making the layup. That put Warner Robins up 11-5, which is how it stood after one.
Johnson added two more baskets – she finished with seven – in the second quarter to help the Demonettes lead 22-17 at the break. Both teams had their opportunities during those eight minutes.
A run of 12-4 beginning in the middle of the third quarter enabled Warner Robins to carry a 35-23 lead into the fourth quarter. Hudson sparked the run. She hit a three-pointer to begin it and put the Demonettes up 26-19 at the time, then after hitting two free throws hit another trey with just six seconds showing.
Hudson added two more baskets in the fourth to finish with 15.
The Lady Red Devils closed it to 10 with five minutes remaining, 39-29, but Johnson and Hudson scored on consecutive trips back down the floor to push it to 14, equaling Warner Robins’ biggest lead on the night.
“I’ll tell you what,” Mobley said of another key element of success. “We’ve got some athletic girls coming off the bench.”
In particular – but not limited to - he cited the play of Asha Stegall Aaliyah Jones, who finished with six points herself and Courtney Johnson.
“I was proud of the way they came off the bench,” he said, adding for the whole team: “We’ve still got to get better, though.”