Chester -- Second-half domination was the best way to describe South Pointe's girls basketball team, which outscored Chester 39-19 over the final two quarters for a 58-39 victory Tuesday in the season-opener for both teams.
The first half was pretty much even, with Chester guard Angel Wilks swishing a deep 3-pointer before the buzzer for a slim 20-19 Lady Cyclones edge. That would be the last Lady Cyclones highlight.
The Lady Stallions turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and also dominated the interior with solid rebounding.
Forward Tiana Hemphill made an impact underneath, scoring 11 of her 14 points in the second half.
Hemphill, who also pulled down 11 rebounds, connected on a free throw and powered home an inside lay-up for a 25-20 South Pointe lead. Following Chelsea Douglas's drive down the lane for a lay-in, Hemphill collected an offensive rebound and went up strong for the hoop for a 33-24 Lady Stallions advantage with 3:34 remaining in the third.
Following three straight South Pointe turnovers, Chester pulled to within five after Wilks sank a pair of free throws, and Bree Gladden took an interior pass from Jasmine Sanders and banked in the hoop.
The fourth quarter, however, belonged to Douglas, whose speed and court presence proved to be too much for the Lady Cyclones' defense. Douglas, who finished with a game-high 23 points and four assists, opened the quarter with two free throws.
She then added two jumpers during a 10-2 surge which boosted the Lady Stallions to a comfortable 13-point advantage with 5:11 remaining. Chester closed to within single digits at 45-36, but Douglas had the quick response with a jumper from the corner and then a lay-up in transition while also drawing the foul.
She completed the three-point play for a 50-36 South Pointe lead with 2:25 remaining, which took away whatever momentum the Lady Cyclones had left.