Double-double for point guard helps Lady Vols
Anna Prestridge (22) goes in for a layup Tuesday night against Indianola Academy. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
By DANNY P. SMITH
It's not unusual for a point guard to have a double-double.
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Most of the time that achievement is gained with points and assists.
On Tuesday night, Anna Prestridge of the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers earned her double-double in points and rebounds.
Prestridge tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Lady Vols to a 49-34 victory against the Indianola Academy Lady Colonels.
"Whenever a shot was put up, I just went to the ball and luckily it just fell in my hands," Prestridge said about her ability to rebound.
As the only returning starter for Starkville Academy this season, Prestridge wants to take a leadership role and let the other players feed off of her game.
Against Indianola Academy, the Lady Vols did just that.
Prestridge scored the first two baskets of the second half to turn a 24-18 lead into Starkville Academy's first double-digit advantage of the game at 28-18.
After the Lady Colonels cut the margin to within eight points at 28-20, the Lady Vols got four consecutive points from Nora Kathryn Carroll and pushed the difference to 32-20.
Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt liked seeing Prestridge become more active on offense.
"She wants to be that true point guard who wants to get the team in the offense and spark us on defense, but I need Anna to take more shots," Schmidt said. "I need for her to penetrate when the defense allows it. (Tuesday) she did a good job of that. I need for her to expand her game and the things she's doing for us and she will when she becomes more comfortable."
Prestridge and Sallie Kate Richardson scored six points each as the Lady Vols took a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
Starkville Academy held its largest advantage of the first half at 20-13 when Julianne Jackson hit a free throw at the 3-minute mark of the second quarter.
After taking a 34-22 lead after three quarters, the Lady Vols started expanding the margin in the fourth.
"We looked a little sloppy at times, but all in all, we out-played them and it was a good win for us," Schmidt said.
Richardson also had a double-double for SA with 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Carroll added 10 points.
Schmidt was glad to see her squad hitting the boards with two players with double-digit rebounds.
"When your shot is not falling very well that's what you've got to do," Schmidt said. "What you are going to see about us is when we start to mature and get better and grow as a team, we're going to get better at taking what the defense gives us.
"If they give us inside, we'll take it, or if they give us outside, we'll take it. As we mature, the whole thing is going to be about learning and taking what they give us. It's just going to take us a while to grow."
The Lady Vols host Jackson Academy Thursday night, then travel to Leake on Saturday.