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 CVCC’s Multipurpose Complex.
“She shoots the ball well, but I’d rather see her distribute the ball,” said CVCC coach Tommy Edwards. “She shoots the ball really well. She’s been a pleasant surprise for us, both handling the ball and scoring. We were fortunate when she decided to play for us.”
Sweezy credits the CVCC coaching staff.
“Coach pushes me in practice,” she said. “He 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.”
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.
“The key to the game was us making a defensive change to zone in the second half,” Edwards said. “We tried to play them man-to-man in the first half, but their girls are quick on that first step. They’d end up catching us in the lane two-on-one because they’d drive by our defensive players.”
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.
“The zone defense stopped their penetration, and it got us in rebound position,” Edwards said.
Those offensive boards also allowed the Bucs to develop a transition offense.
“We got our running back going against them,” Edwards said. “We 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.
“When we played man, the shots were long,” Sweezy said. “When we played zone, it was much easier. We stopped them a lot on defense because the shot clock was really low.”
The win is CVCC's sixth on the season, and with just one loss, Sweezy said her team must stay at its current pace.
“We just have to keep our momentum,” she said. “We have to keep our focus, go out there and play our game.”
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.
“I think it affects everybody differently,” he said. “These bus rides are a pain, even for the coaches. We found out that we can’t let our kids sleep the whole way. They can take an hour nap, then get them thinking a little bit. We’ll just see what happens."