HOWARD — You can’t keep Halle Schultz down for long.
Coming off a slow performance against St. Peter’s on Saturday, Schultz exploded for 11 points in the opening quarter on her way to 26 points to lead the East Knox Bulldogs (4-8, 3-2 Mid-Buckeye Conference) to a 61-21 shellacking of the visiting Mount Gilead Indians in their non-league matchup on Wednesday.
“I don’t really notice how much I score,” said Schultz. “I’m just here to help out the team. My scoring is not always the most important thing, but it was a great feeling, having a good first quarter. It’s a lot more encouraging. I just want to encourage the team in everything they do because having fun, and being together is the most important part.”
She had help from freshman guard Mattea Forshey, who threw in 13 points, including the game’s opening bucket. Teammate Michaella Lowe added a score, and then Forshey and Shultz scored on back-to-back steals.
“We just came out with a lot of enthusiasm and it was fun to play like that,” said Forshey. “We played really well as a team together.”
Schultz hit a 3-pointer and scored again with 2:53 left in the opening quarter to lift East Knox to a 13-0 lead.
On the defensive side, the Bulldogs forced the Indians to throw the ball away a couple of times in the first quarter, and outrebounded them 23-16 overall. East Knox also grabbed five of its 12 steals in the opening quarter, while holding Mount Gilead to a single field goal (a 3-pointer by Selina Mulkey) to take a 17-4 lead.
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