PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A 16-point third quarter propelled the Pickerington Central Tigers past the Gahanna Lincoln Lions in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night. Central outscored Lincoln 29-15 in the second half en route to a 59-40 victory.
The Tigers dominated the first quarter, jumping out to a 10-0 lead right out of the gates. Junior Emily Marzetz’ layup stopped the run and got Lincoln on the board. Pickerington Central continued their domination, outscoring the Lions 22-7 over the first eight minutes. The big three of Berry Wallace, Olivia Cooper and Madison Greene scored all 22 points for the Tigers.
Kimora Perkins was not going to let the Lions go down without a fight. Her tough defense and 12 points in the second quarter willed Lincoln. They started the second on a 12-1, making a massive dent in the Tiger’s lead. Junior Trinity Jackson’s layup with 4:45 left in the second stopped the bleeding and stretched Central’s lead.
Perkins continued her masterful quarter, hitting a pair of free throws to cut the Tiger lead to just three points. After the Lions pulled within three, Pickerington Central held Lincoln to just three points the rest of the quarter. The Tigers preserved a 33-25 lead heading into halftime.
Defensive play was a major key for Central in the third quarter. They locked down and held the Lions to just five points. Cooper and Jackson combined for 9 of the 16 points scored by the Tigers. Pickerington Central led 49-30 with eight minutes to play.
Both teams scored ten points each in the fourth. Wallace and Greene scored four points each for Pickerington Central. Aaliyah Younger countered back with four of her own but it was too little too, too late for the Lions.
Greene led the Tigers with 17 in the win. Copper added 15 and Wallace supported the effort with 10. Perkins tallied 14 in the loss for the Lions.
Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s top performers.
Trinity Jackson (5’9 G / Pickerington Central / 2023) - Jackson was one of the main reasons that the Tigers maintained their lead in the second quarter. She was relentless on the offensive end and it paid off. The junior attacked the basket with both her right and left hands and finished on both sides. She drew a foul from three and converted on two of three free throws, extending the Tiger’s lead to five. She scored six of Central’s 11 second quarter points. Jackson had a beautiful slashing cut to the right side of the basket and made the layup in stride. She was consistent on the boards and was a competitor.
Madison Greene (5’7 PG / Pickerington Central / 2023) - Greene, who has several D1 offers already, is a great point guard. She did a little bit of everything with Wallace and Cooper on the bench with foul trouble. Despite scoring only two points in the second quarter, the junior ended with 17 and did so in a variety of ways. She attacked the basket and had several crafty finishes, drained a deep three in the first quarter, shot a high percentage from the free throw line and hit a mid range jumper from the free throw line. She rebounded and found open teammates.
Kimora Perkins (5’5 G / Gahanna Lincoln / 2022) - Perkins was a much needed burst of energy for the Lions on Tuesday. She drained 6/8 free throws including two in the first quarter. Her quick step is hard to defend which was on display early in the second quarter. She forced a handful of turnovers that led to points in transition and attacked the basket on the right side successfully. Her most impressive effort was holding Madison Greene to just two points in the second quarter. This allowed the Lions to pull within three points.