The Clarksville Academy Lady Cougars overcame a slow start to Monday’s game against the Jo Byrns Lady Red Devils and picked up a 59-44 road victory.

“We stress so much defense, and I felt like were a step or two slow in our reaction to everything going on to start the game,” said Clarksville Academy coach Carrie Daniels. We’ve got to get better at that, being ready to go as soon as the ball’s tipped. When we’re playing well, making things happen defensively, it usually goes well on the offensive side.”

The Lady Red Devils kept things close in each period other than the second, where the Lady Cougars outscored their opponents 19-8 to take a 14-point lead into halftime.

Guard Sydneey Boykin shined for Clarksville Academy, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Jo Byrns was led by forward Brooke Dowlen, who possibly could have had a double-double had she not fouled out. Instead, she finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Despite the victory, Daniels thinks her team still has much to learn before becoming the truly great squad she feels they can be.

“I think that there were times where we got too antsy and took quick shots,” Daniels said. “I think late in the second half we did a much better job, especially in the fourth quarter.

“I hope that it’s a game that we can go to the drawing board and learn from and realize that it can be a game at any time if we’re not ready to go from the tip. It doesn’t get any easier for us. The big thing is we were able to pull out the win, but we’ve got to learn from it and improve.”

Clarksville Academy (3-0) will round out the week with games against the Stewart County Lady Rebels on Tuesday and the Hillsboro Lady Burros on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jo Byrns drops to 1-1. The Lady Red Devils will seek redemption against the Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday.

BOX SCORE

Clarksville Academy (59): Sydneey Boykin (20), Diamond Bryant (11), Jayden Adolphin (11), Vana Pridgen (9), Makayla Artis (5), Atyia Moss (2), Shay Conn (1).

Jo Byrns (44): Brooke Dowlen (16), Grayson Bryant (13), Evy Helm (7), Ashlen Bryant (3), Jaya Herring (3), Reese Payne (2).

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