RALEIGH — St. David’s has its eyes on a girls basketball conference title, and first year coach Alan Hinnant says the goal is still within reach.
The Warriors (9-7) snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 41-26 nonconference road win over Saint Mary’s before heading back into Eastern Plains conference play.
“It’s a big thing for us to get back on a winning streak here,” Hinnant said. “We lost two out of three of our first conference games, and it’s about to get hot and heavy here in the next month (with the bulk of the conference schedule).
“We have a goal to win the conference, which is still plausible. We also have a goal to win the conference tournament, and I think with our record now, that’s going to be the only way we’re going to make it into the state playoffs is by winning the conference tournament, which is very obtainable for us, I believe.”
Saint Mary’s (4-10) kept the game close early on, taking advantage of second-chance baskets, but St. David’s took over in the third, led by a 13-point quarter by sophomore Tiffany Bartholomew.
“She’s young in age, but not young in experience,” Hinnant said. “She’s been here playing varsity basketball since she was in eighth grade, so I expect a lot out of her. There are a lot of girls like that. Allie Dunston, our point guard has also been playing since she was in eighth grade. Tiffany offensively does a lot for us. She brings a lot of attention which helps the other girls.”
Bartholomew led the Warriors with 18 points, and Caroline Garrett added 7.
Andy Smithey led Saint Mary’s with 10 points.
Saint Mary’s coach Dean Monroe said his team is still looking to find its identity, especially on the offensive end.
The Saints averaged 31.7 points in their first 14 games.
“We did some good things tonight, especially in the first half,” Monroe said. “It’s an extended winter break for us at our school, so we’re going to have to knock the rust off here and get back in basketball shape.”