MOUNT VERNON — A barrage of three-pointers gave the Central DeWitt girls basketball team a comfortable first-quarter lead in Friday’s WaMaC East game with Mount Vernon.
The Sabers defense took care of the rest.
Behind five combined three-pointers from Allie Meadows and Taylor Veach, Central jumped out to a 17-8 lead after a quarter against the Mustangs.
It would take Mount Vernon another two quarters to get its next eight points, as the Sabers forced 29 turnovers — 17 alone in the second and third periods — and limited the hosts to just 30 percent shooting in a 52-22 rout.
Early, the Sabers needed their three-pointers just to keep pace with the Mustangs.
Veach answered a Mount Vernon trey to start the game and Meadows followed another Mustangs three with one of her own.
Meadows, though, then buried another three and the Sabers had a lead that they would not relinquish.
Mount Vernon did get within one at 9-8, but Veach made a pair of free throws and then a three before Meadows’ third three-pointer of the quarter made it 17-8.
The Sabers were not done. Veach opened the second stanza with yet another three and Meadows answered a Mustangs hoop with a bucket inside.
Veach followed with a three — the seventh of the first half for the Sabers — and Natalie Butler got free inside before five straight Meadows points capped off a 23-2 Central run.
The two teams traded points again early in the second half, splitting the first 10 points of the third quarter evenly, before the Sabers put together another run.
Veach got the ball rolling with a pair of free throws and then buried back-to-back threes, while Samantha Zeimet added her own free throw.
That made it 46-16 after three quarters and the Sabers opened the final stanza with five straight points from Talbot Kinney to cap a 14-0 run that gave Central its biggest lead at 51-16.
Veach finished with six three-pointers and a team-high 22 points, while Meadows knocked down three treys of her own and added 19 points.
Kinney had a busy night with seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
Lauren Cooper grabbed four rebounds and had two assists, while Meadows came up with a team-high three steals.