HHS' Evans reaches milestone in 71-36 win
HUNTINGTON -- Kiana Evans got to Huntington High School at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, leaving nearly 12 hours before she could take the court hoping to achieve a career milestone.
Once on the floor, it took Evans all of seven minutes to reach her desired mark.
Evans scored 14 of her 26 points in the first quarter to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau and lead the Highlanders to an easy 71-36 win over Riverside.
"All day, everyone came up to me and said 'You're going to get it' so I was just anxious to get to the game," Evans said. "Knowing that I scored 1,000 points during my four years here feels good because that's not something many players have been able to do."
Evans reached the mark after a steal and coast-to-coast layup with 1:01 left in the first quarter. After the shot, there was an official timeout and she was presented with the game ball to signify the mark.
In a funny twist, Huntington High coach Lonnie Lucas said Evans was under the impression all day that she needed 19 points -- not 11 -- to break the mark.
"Kiana came out focused to get it done really quick," Lucas said. "She thought she had to score 19 and I said 'Kiana, you only need 11.' She asked me if I thought she'd get that by halftime and I said, if you don't we'll be behind."
Evans, who signed to play for Marshall University, came out quickly, scoring eight of the Highlanders' first 10 points with six coming off Riverside turnovers.
She and freshman guard Dazha Congleton wreaked havoc on Riverside's guards, deflecting entry passes and taking off in transition for easy scores. Congleton also had a very nice game for the Highlanders with 15 points and six steals.
The first half was dominated by the Highlander duo, who accounted for 32 of the team's 43 first-half points. Evans had 22 points and nine rebounds in the first half and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Congleton added 10 of her 15 points before halftime to give the Highlanders a 43-13 lead at the break.
The defensive work done on the Riverside guards kept the Warriors from getting the ball inside to powerful sophomore post player Brittany Wood, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Lacy Johnson came off the bench to add 12 points for Huntington High.
Another positive for the Highlanders was the job done at the foul line. The team had come in shooting free throws rather poorly, but finished 17-of-19.
Huntington High returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when Winfield comes to visit.
RIVERSIDE 10 3 11 12 -- 36: Wood 13, Farley 2, Bishop 1, Knapp 4, Smith 2, Burger 6, Mills 2, Daw 2, Clayborn 2.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 21 22 13 15 -- 71: Evans 26, Congleton 15, Williams 3, Gibson 5, Budd 8, Taylor 2, Johnson 12.