Jonathan Norton picked up his 50th win as Berry head coach
January 10, 2008
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- Head coach Jonathan Norton picked up his 100th career win and his 50th win as head coach at Berry, as the women's basketball team beat Southern Wesleyan 75-52 on Thursday night. The No. 25-ranked Lady Vikings get a third consecutive win to improve to 13-3 this season. The team is now 6-0 in SSAC play to remain tied atop the Southern States Athletic Conference standings with No. 2 Lee. The loss takes the Lady Warriors to 5-10 for the year and 1-6 in conference play.
"While I am excited to pick up my 100th win, it is a reflection on all the great players I have coached over my six years," said Norton. "Getting that win just tells me that I have been in the game long enough, with good enough players to get me to 100 wins. Good players create wins."
Mickey Duncan, who earlier this week was named SSAC Player of the Week, was one of those good players for Norton against the Lady Warriors. She led the Lady Vikings with a double-double effort of 18 points and 17 rebounds. The junior from Dallas, Ga. also had seven assists and two blocks to complete her all-around solid performance.
The Vikings also got a career-high 13 points and nine rebounds from Kayla Carlisle. The freshman, who also plays for the Berry volleyball team, was a factor from outset, winning the tip for Berry and providing two blocks in the first half. Both Berry front-line players helped the Vikings to a 42-26 edge in points in the paint, and with a combined 26 rebounds, were key to the Vikings out rebounding the Lady Warriors by a 56-31 margin.
The game was tight early and Berry held just a three-point lead with 11:39 to play in the first half. However, from that point, the Vikings went on a 26-6 run to end the half and were up 37-14 at the break. The 14 first half points is the lowest the team has held an opponent to this season.
"I think it was a great win for our program," said Norton. "Especially when you consider that we started three freshman and every player that dressed played."
Norton was without starters Nikki Jackson and Briana Caldwell who both average double-digits per-game. As a result, Carlisle, Holly Compton and Erica Crumley earned spots in the starting lineup. The new faces repaid his confidence with three freshman scoring in double-digits. In addition to Carlisle, Compton had 11 points and freshman Carroll Lampley came off the bench to the tune of 10 points and seven rebounds.
For Southern Wesleyan Chinessia Lee led the way with 17 points. She was one of just two SWU players to reach double-figures as Keunna Thomas scored 11 points and dished out a team-high three assists.
The Vikings improve to 8-1 at home this season. The team has just two games left at the current facility, Ford Gym. Following the Jan. 19 game against Reinhardt the Lady Vikings will move to the $32.5 million Cage Center.
Berry's next home action comes on Saturday. The team takes on the Fighting Koalas of Columbia (S.C.) at 2 p.m.