Cheeks scores in dou­ble fig­ures in Rein­hardt home win

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY -

From Rein­hardt re­ports WALESKA, Ga.

— No. 19 Rein­hardt opened its home slate of games with an im­pres­sive vic­tory over NCAA Di­vi­sion III Pied­mont (Ga.) Tues­day night, as the Ea­gles pre­vented the Lions from get­ting into an of­fen­sive flow in a 63-41 win in­side the Brown Ath­letic Cen­ter.

The Ea­gles ( 2- 0) held their vis­i­tors to 30 per­cent shooting (15-of-50), in­clud­ing just 3-of-15 from the char­ity stripe, while Ash­ton Sut­ton led the way on the of­fen­sive end with 15 points and four re­bounds.

“I was pleased we could get a win in our home opener, es­pe­cially against a very well- coached Pied­mont team,” head coach Lind­sey Huff­man said. “I don’t think we per­formed up to our po­ten­tial of­fen­sively tonight, but we were able to make up for that by crash­ing the of­fen­sive glass and knock­ing down our free throws.

“I liked our ef­fort as team on both ends of the floor. Now, we just have to work harder at tak­ing care of the ball and be­ing more ef­fi­cient on the of­fen­sive end.”

For­mer Sono­rav­ille High stand­out Re­becca Cheeks would also score in dou­ble-dig­its with 12, while she pulled down six boards, sec­ond to only Jada Hub­bard’s team-high of seven re­bounds. For­mer Cal­houn High stand­out Tess Wright also saw ac­tion in the game as she con­trib­uted three steals and three re­bounds.

Rein­hardt was able to bolt out to an early lead in the first quar­ter thanks to poor shooting from the Lions out of the gate, as they were only able to muster three bas­kets on 12 shot at­tempts. The Ea­gles only made four bas­kets in the first quar­ter as well, but were able to take ad­van­tage at the free throw line, mak­ing all 12 of their at­tempts.

Huff­man’s squad would shoot bet­ter than 50 per­cent in the sec­ond quar­ter in route to a 38-17 ad­van­tage at the break. Both teams would make ad­just­ments at half­time and come out in the third and play the most com­pet­i­tive stanza of the game.

Pied­mont would take its turn shooting 50 per­cent from the floor to keep things close in the quar­ter, but watched as Rein­hardt matched the scor­ing each step of the way. From there, nei­ther team would be able to con­tinue the mo­men­tum in the fourth pe­riod – as both squads com­bined for 11 points.

Col­lec­tively, the team shot 21-of-61, but was strong at the line with 17 makes in 19 chances (89.5 per­cent).

Rein­hardt was on the road on Fri­day to visit Life Univer­sity. They will then visit Bre­nau Univer­sity on Tues­day at 5:30 p.m.

Cheeks is com­ing off an in­cred­i­ble fresh­man year last sea­son where she was named an NAIA All-Amer­i­can and the Ap­palachian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fresh­man of the Year af­ter av­er­ag­ing 16.1 points and 10.2 re­bounds.

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