By Jason Hanes
Led by a stout defense and lights-out shooting in the second half, Team B-Wright 2021 UAA pulled away for a 68-34 win over ABA Black 2021 in one of the opening 17u division games of the 2019 Triple Crown NIC in Franklin, Tenn., Friday night.
“[ABA Black] came out in a zone, and when we’re moving the ball and find the open spaces, we’ve got several girls that can go up and make open shots,” said Team B-Wright 2021 UAA Head Coach Spencer Richardson.
The first quarter saw Team B-Wright 2021 show what it could do as the team from nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn., held ABA Black to just two field goals en route to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter.
Leading 33-17 at the half, Team B-Wright 2021 would exploit open looks from distance to blow the game open in the second half. Claira McGowan connected on three triples in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach.
“She’s a leader. She’s a court general,” said Coach Richardson. “She’s a pass-first point guard, but she’s the type of kid that loves to come in and catch-and-shoot. She’ll take point guard shots. She loves the floater, and she loves taking wide open shots.”
The Team Brandon Wright program is in a unique situation at the Triple Crown NIC. Based a short distance away from Franklin, Tenn., the program has taken on the mantle of being the home team for the event.
“We’ve built a great relationship with Triple Crown,” Coach Richardson said. “We’re playing this as if we’re the host team, and we’re having a great time. I know this is just the first day, but I think tomorrow is going to be even better.”