Villages score 36 points from distance to beat Tavares

Essiance Jasper (0) of the Villages takes a shot in traffic during Monday’s game against Tavares at the Villages. Jasper scored 11 points in Buffalo’s 57-17 win. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

THE VILLAGES – A basketball season is often filled with ups and downs.

Monday’s girls match between Tavares and The Villages presented both ends of the spectrum.

The Buffalo took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and led from start to finish in a 57-17 victory at the Range. It was the fifth time in eight games. The Villages scored at least 57 points in a game and it was the third time this season that they have held an opponent below 20 points.

It was Tavares’ second weakest offensive production of the season.

With the win, The Villages improved to 5-3 this season. Tavares fell to 3-4.

The villages & # x002019;  Evah Watterson (15) heads for the basket against Tavares on Monday in The Villages.  Watterson had 13 points in Buffalo's 57-17 win. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Evah Watterson (15) of the Villages heads for the basket against Tavares on Monday at The Villages. Watterson had 13 points in Buffalo’s 57-17 win. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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The Buffalo set the pace for the game in the first four minutes of the game. Defensively, the Villages put pressure on the baseline from the baseline, forcing turnovers on Tavares’ first four possessions.

Tavares led 7-0 before hitting his first shot.

On the offensive side, the Buffalo passed Tavares most of the time on the ground, which often led to easy layups. When Tavares returned to defense and slowed down the Buffalo, the Villages threw clean passes around the perimeter, looking for an open shooter from a distance.

For the game, The Villages scored 12 three-pointers, including three in the first quarter while taking the 17-5 advantage. Emily Calkins and Evah Watterson punctuated the Buffalo’s long-range attack, each draining four from range.

Tavares & # x002019;  Mari Turney-Jones (20) slides past Villages & # x002019;  Emily Calkins (5) in Monday's game at The Villages.  Turney-Jones scored five points, a record for the team. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Tavares’ husband Turney-Jones (20) walks past Emily Calkins (5) of the Villages in Monday’s game at the Villages. Turney-Jones scored five points, a record for the team. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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Conversely, The Villages only took nine shots from inside the arc.

Tavares simply put his attack on. The Bulldogs went scoreless for the first 3 minutes and 56 seconds of the game and struggled for every basket.

The Villages dominated the Bulldogs in every quarter and methodically strengthened their lead. Fittingly, Watterson’s triple with 7:40 left in the game gave the Villages a 53-16 advantage and kicked off a clock.

At that point, the two coaches – Marquez Porter from Villages and Brenda Staten de Tavares – started clearing the bench, substituting generously to give each player a chance to see the time on the pitch.

Calkins led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Watterson with 13-10 including in the second half. Essiance Jasper added 11 and Re’nae Brant lost eight.

For Tavares, Mari Turney-Jones led the way with five points, followed by Riley Miller and Deandreia Leslie with four.

Tavares & # x002019;  Riley Miller (24) goes to the basket in Monday's game against The Villages in The Villages.  Miller scored four points for the Bulldogs. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Tavares’ Riley Miller (24) goes to the basket in Monday’s game against The Villages in The Villages. Miller scored four points for the Bulldogs. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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Monday’s game was the first of three home games this week for the Buffalo. The Villages played host to South Lake on Tuesday and will face Gainesville PK Yonge on Friday to end a busy week.

Tavares, meanwhile, has time to correct his hot spots. Next up for the Bulldogs is a Friday road game at Ocoee Legacy Charter.

This article originally appeared on Daily Commercial: Basketball HS: Buffalo Girls Maintain Healthy Lead to Beat Tavares

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