By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
CAPE CORAL — The tournament was called “Romp in the Swamp,” and on Tuesday, the Charlotte High School girls basketball team did just that.
Kelyn Moses led five Tarpons in double figures as Charlotte got its offense going in the second half to blow out G. Holmes Braddock of Miami 78-33 in their season opener at Island Coast High School.
Charlotte had to overcome a flat first half and the one-woman show Braddock brought to the court before getting it together in the second half.
“It was a closer game in the first half and it wasn’t where we wanted to be, but sometimes you have to find your speed instead of playing at their level,” Charlotte coach Michael Robishaw said. “The Bulldogs did a good job against us causing turnovers and we had to fix that.”
Charlotte (1-0) has traditionally been known as a defensive team. But the Tarpons showed it could also put the ball in the hoop.
Moses scored 12 of her team high 16 points in the first half and added four assists as Charlotte raced to a 35-20 halftime lead, a half where they jumped to a 9-0 lead before allowing the Bulldogs (0-2) to hang in there.
Michelle Bunch (10 points, six rebounds), who didn’t play in the first half, and Taylor Kirkus (12 points, 10 rebounds), scored the bulk of Charlotte’s points in a 27-point third quarter that blew the game wide open.
Angie Griffin and Kayla Lamb also got into double-figures in the fourth quarter as the Tarpons forced a running clock in the early moments.
“In the first half we didn’t play our game. The Bulldogs ran with us a little, but we got it together in the second half and played our own game,” Moses said. “We have to share the ball better and get more people involved.”
Moses said the Tarpons are a deeper team, with more players who can play on both sides of the court and execute Robishaw’s gameplan.
“We ran the floor a lot better, got wide and distributed the ball. The made an extra focus on making the extra pass and finding the better shot,” Robishaw said. “We needed to get our feet under us. We came out flat.”
About the only thing the Tarpons couldn’t stop was the Bulldogs’ Ruby Lopez, who scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Kalia McIntyre scored Braddock’s remaining points.
CHARLOTTE 78, HOLMES BRADDOCK 33
Holmes Braddock 9 11 10 3 – 33
Charlotte 15 20 27 16 – 78
Holmes Braddock(33): Ruby Lopez 28, McIntyre 5. Totals: 12(3) 6-11 33
Charlotte(78): Kelyn Moses 16, Angie Griffin 12, Taylor Kirkus 12, Michelle Bunch 10, Kayla Lamb 10, Qualls 6, Burton 4, Smith 4, M. Moses 4. Totals: 31(2) 14-21 78.