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CVCC freshman Matrice Sweezy does a good job giving the basketball to her teammates.
She also succeeds when she keeps the ball in her hands.
Sweezy scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Bucs on Tuesday, leading her team to the 69-41 victory over Mount Olive at CVCCâ€™s Multipurpose Complex.
â€śShe shoots the ball well, but Iâ€™d rather see her distribute the ball,â€ť said CVCC coach Tommy Edwards. â€śShe shoots the ball really well. Sheâ€™s been a pleasant surprise for us, both handling the ball and scoring. We were fortunate when she decided to play for us.â€ť
Sweezy credits the CVCC coaching staff.
â€śCoach pushes me in practice,â€ť she said. â€śHe tells me not to worry about anything. Just play hard in practice. In the game, it just came to me. I had to show it on the court today.â€ť
The Lady Bucs struggled early on to stop a Lady Trojans squad that cut through their man-to-man offense.
Despite CVCC taking a 31-20 halftime lead, Edwards made some key adjustments at the break.
â€śThe key to the game was us making a defensive change to zone in the second half,â€ť Edwards said. â€śWe tried to play them man-to-man in the first half, but their girls are quick on that first step. Theyâ€™d end up catching us in the lane two-on-one because theyâ€™d drive by our defensive players.â€ť
The switch proved to be a smart one. Mt. Olive only had a handful of opportunities to score inside. The Trojans also made only 1-of-18 three-pointers in the half.
â€śThe zone defense stopped their penetration, and it got us in rebound position,â€ť Edwards said.
Those offensive boards also allowed the Bucs to develop a transition offense.
â€śWe got our running back going against them,â€ť Edwards said. â€śWe got some finger tips on the ball. We started our transition, and good things started to happen."
Sweezy was a big part of that, scoring seven second half points. Olivia Sabo added seven points in the half, while Brianna Mitchell scored six.
â€śWhen we played man, the shots were long,â€ť Sweezy said. â€śWhen we played zone, it was much easier. We stopped them a lot on defense because the shot clock was really low.â€ť
The win is CVCC's sixth on the season, and with just one loss, Sweezy said her team must stay at its current pace.
â€śWe just have to keep our momentum,â€ť she said. â€śWe have to keep our focus, go out there and play our game.â€ť
A tough stretch of games is next for CVCC. Five of its next six games are on the road, something Edwards said will be interesting to watch.
â€śI think it affects everybody differently,â€ť he said. â€śThese bus rides are a pain, even for the coaches. We found out that we canâ€™t let our kids sleep the whole way. They can take an hour nap, then get them thinking a little bit. Weâ€™ll just see what happens."View more articles in: