Sunday, January 19, 2014
How do you follow up a record-setting scoring performance? If you're Corey Caulder, netting the game-winner in the final seconds on the road the next day will work.
Palmetto Christian's junior guard has been unstoppable lately, lifting the Eagles to wins Friday over Dorchester Academy and Saturday on the road over Laurence Manning. Through the past four games, Caulder is averaging 30 points per game and Palmetto Christian is 3-1.
“I've just felt in control over the past few games,” Caulder said. “I'm feeling very confident in my game and in offering leadership to my team.”
Caulder set a new Palmetto Christian single-game scoring mark with 42 points as the Eagles rolled past Dorchester 65-31 Friday.
She dropped in five threes in the first half and scored 28 points to nearly double Dorchester's 15. The Eagles' 19-point advantage was large enough to win them the game without having to score a single point in the second half.
“I realized I was in rhythm and it was an adrenaline rush,” Caulder said. “After hitting a few shots back to back, I felt motivated and completely focused.”
Caulder added eight more in the third quarter and sank two more threes in the fourth. Lizzie Wilson scored nine points in the third with two threes of her own as the Lady Eagles ran away with the region win.
For an encore performance, Palmetto Christian traveled to Laurence Manning for a 44-43 out-of-conference win.
With the Eagles trailing by one point in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, Caulder struck again with a game-winning floater from the right side of the low post with just four seconds left to play.
“I knew I probably had only one opportunity,” Caulder said. “I made the decision to drive to the basket and put up a shot and it went in.”
The Lady Eagles trailed by five at halftime but Caulder warmed up with 13 in the second half. Wilson turned in five in the fourth quarter to set the Lady Eagles up for the last-second win.
Caulder finished with 18, Annie Pascutti 11 and Wilson nine. The Lady Eagles win avenges a 23-point loss Laurence Manning dealt them a month ago.
“It's a great feeling to have a chance to bring victory to my team, especially against such a tough opponent,” Caulder said. “I've been working on taking my game to the next level and I'm beginning to see that happen.”