SMYRNA -- Siegel's boys continued a hot-shooting streak from long distance and the Stars buried the Smyrna High Bulldogs 68-33 here Tuesday night.
Jaylan Wetzel had the hottest hand from 3 as the junior guard made five treys. He led the Stars in scoring with 15 points, and Matthew Schneider, a guard-forward, was the second leading scorer with 10 points.
“We just knew that we had to slow them down,” Schneider said. “But also, in the half-court, we had to speed them up with full court pressure and that’s what we did with our press.”
It wasn’t just Wetzel who had a good night from distance. Five other Siegel Stars made a three, and Tre’von Bass knocked down three. The Stars made a combined 12 three-pointers, their third consecutive game hitting 10 or more threes.
“We’ve gotten hot and we’re finding our spots,” Schneider said.
But perhaps the most impressive feat from Siegel’s effort was on the defensive end. The Stars held Smyrna to just two points in the first quarter, and only four in the third quarter.
“Using our length was a big part of our game plan going in, and that’s what we did,” Schneider said.
Siegel had a significant height advantage over Smyrna. The length of Schneider, senior center Brennon Marsh and junior center Elijah Buckner clogged up any driving lanes for Smyrna’s guards, and the Bulldogs’ undersized forwards had a number of shots blocked or altered.
While the Stars’ length in the front-court made life miserable for Smyrna’s guards, it provided Siegel with plenty of easy scoring opportunities in the painted area.
Schneider scored his 10 points thanks to a number of strong mid-range jumpers, while Buckner was able to score five points from a pair of put backs. Siegel had more points after the first quarter, 16, than Smyrna did at the half, 15.
Siegel 68, Smyrna 33
Siegel (68): Jaylan Wetzel 15, Matthew Schneider 10, Tre’Von Bass 9, Zion Swader 9, Martise Jackson 6, Elijah Buckner 5, Isaiah Lightsy 5, LaDarious Anthony 3, Ethan Vanhook 3, Sterlin Bass Jr. 2, Vonterrius Reed 1
Smyrna (33): Xavier Carter 8, Tyler Lansden 8, Thomas Riddle 6, TJ Lee 3, Jayden Marable 2, Ashton McCarver 2, Schaeffer Outlaw 2, Brandon Sanders 2
Siegel 50, Smyrna 33
Siegel dominated the Smyrna Lady Bulldogs from the outset en route to the 37-point victory.
Siegel had more points after the first quarter, 14, than Smyrna had for the entire game. Siegel only allowed Smyrna to score two points in the first quarter and zero points in the fourth quarter.
For Siegel, Azaria Abell and Serenity Lillard were the Stars’ top-two scorers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Abell had a slow start to the game, only scoring two points and missing a free throw in the first quarter, but she caught fire in the second quarter and scored nine points. In the third quarter she made all four of her attempted free throws.
Lillard, on the other hand, outscored the entire Smyrna team in the first quarter. She had five points in the first, then added a 3-pointer in the second.
Siegel 50, Smyrna 13
Siegel (50): Azaria Abell 15, Serenity Lillard 14, Monica Peralta 8, Atira Davis 3, Ansley Berry 2, Shayina Booker 2, Carrington Creasy 2, Emilee Hawkes 2, Erin Vanhook 2
Smyrna (13): Chloe Wilder 5, Audrey Hampton 3, Madie Munday 2, Ana Holder 2, Devisha Stewart 1