On Friday, junior Sitaraya Nelloms scored 15 points and senior Briunca Caldwell added nine as Langston Hughes cruised to a 57-27 victory over Hapeville Charter, which fell to 1-5.
“I say to the girls all the time that you want to beat the teams you are supposed to beat and be in the game with the tough teams so you have a chance to win,” Langston Hughes coach Borato Broughton said.
“Every team that we were supposed to beat we beat them heftily and showed that we can play some good defense,” Broughton said.
Due to an aggressive full-court press and trapping defense, the Lady Panthers were able to score the game’s first 10 points.
In the second quarter, Nelloms would highlight a 19-0 run with seven points, allowing Langston Hughes to enter the locker room with a 33-9 halftime lead.
“Sitaraya can shoot and penetrate,” Broughton said. “She plays excellent defense too. She was a starter but she plays stronger for us coming off the bench. She gives us some scoring power and defensive intensity.”
In the second half, the Lady Panthers, who had 10 players score, remained comfortably ahead.
Before defeating Hapeville, Langston Hughes topped Banneker, 80-16, and Whitefield Academy 51-8.
Then last Saturday, Langston Hughes (5-1) reached one of its early seasoning goals by rolling past North Clayton 66-41. Senior Tia Jones led the way with 15 points and four steals, and Caldwell and Nelloms added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“The number one goal is to become a family,” Broughton said. “Then win the region. Be 5-1 by the Christmas break. Be a defensive force and totally dominate.”
The Lady Panthers’ lone setback came against Osborne (62-46) in late November.
“Osborne was a tough loss but I feel if we would’ve played them in January, it would have been a totally different situation,” Broughton said.
On Dec. 27, the Lady Panthers will meet Hillgrove in the Campbell High School Christmas Tournament.