Head coach Whitney Lewis and the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs are pictured celebrating Lewis' 100th career coaching win, Saturday at LCHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Head coach Whitney Lewis and the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs are pictured celebrating Lewis' 100th career coaching win, Saturday at LCHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — The 100th career coaching win for Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs head coach Whitney Lewis came on Saturday afternoon, as her team followed a slow start with a dominating performance at LCHS, defeating the visiting Western Brown Lady Broncos, 84-28 in non-conference play.

Her first win as head coach of the Lady Mustangs came on Nov. 29, 2011, a non-conference game where LC defeated Huntington, 67-14. Less than six seasons later, the Lady Mustangs also won at home for their head coach and in the process improved to 11-1 overall on the year.

Lewis, who also played at LC during her high school basketball career, then becoming the all-time leading scorer in girls basketball, spoke about earning her 100th win, crediting her players — past and present — for the coaching milestone.

“The girls made it special,” Lewis told The Highland County Press. “They talked about getting this win all week in practice, and they made signs and everything. They made this pretty neat, but the 100 wins are a tribute to the players, and I’m humbled to be a part of it.”

LC was led by four players who finished with double-figure scoring, including 26 points and six rebounds from Peyton Scott. In the win over Western Brown, Scott missed just two shots from the field.

Also in double figures on the scoreboard were Hannah Binkley with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. McKayla Binkley totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals, and Lexi Waits scored 13 points and tallied three rebounds.

From the opening tip in the first quarter until the final buzzer, the Lady Mustangs didn’t trail against the Lady Broncos, who are coached by former McClain Lady Tigers head coach Dennis Overstake, who in his 30-plus years as a head coach has over 500 coaching wins of his own.

As for the opening quarter, LC scored the first six points of the game with Waits sinking a free throw, followed by a jumper from Scott and a 3-pointer by Hannah Binkley less than two minutes into the game.

Following two points by WB, LC increased their lead to 11-2 off a jumper from Scott and a three-point play by Hannah Binkley with 3:31 left in the quarter. LC had points from McKayla Binkley in the first frame as well, with the home team leading 22-6 after the first quarter was complete.

LC outscored the Lady Broncos, 23-7 in the second quarter for a 45-13 lead at the half. The second frame included an 11-2 run within the first three minutes of the quarter, where for the Lady Mustangs Waits sank a free throw to start the second-quarter scoring. From there, after two points by WB, McKayla and Hannah Binkley combined for the next seven points, while Scott sank a jumper at the 5:07 mark for a 33-8 lead.

The Lady Mustangs finished the second frame with points from Scott, which included a 3-pointer at the 4:41 mark, along with Hannah Binkley scoring on a layup off a fast break assist from Emily Pinkerton with 4:14 left in the second. For the rest of the second, Scott had a three-point play and a jumper, while McKayla Binkley scored a layup while being fouled to end the scoring in the first half for a 22-point lead.

“This was a weird game,” Lewis said. “We played first today, before the JV because of scheduling conflicts, and it was just a weird atmosphere. We didn’t start out that well, but we turned things around in the first half, and a big part of that was our defensive pressure.

“These kids will play hard all the time, and that showed when we needed that (Saturday).”

Lynchburg-Clay controlled the final two quarters as well, with a 20-4 third frame differential and 19-11 in the fourth. Scoring for LC also included Zoe Fittro totaling five points, Pinkerton finishing with four points and Abby Blankenship with two points.

WB was led by Cana Kleemeyer and Maddy Whisman with five points each, as eight players scored points for the visitors. WB finished 9-of-15 from the free-throw line, making eight two-point baskets and one 3-pointer in the loss. LC was 16-of-22 with four 3-pointers and 28 two-point field goals.

LC will get back to Southern Hills Athletic Conference play on Monday evening, where they will travel to face Eastern Brown with first place in Division I of the SHAC on the line.