BATESVILLE -- After starting the conference season with two straight losses, Blytheville head coach Jeff Flanigan said before Friday night's game with Batesville that he could not envision a scenario where his Chicks could get into the state playoffs starting league play with an 0-3 record.
Flanigan's team didn't let him consider that scenario any longer thanks to a lopsided, 54-28, victory over the Pioneers.
"This was the most complete game we've played all year, from start to finish," said Flanigan. "It would have been tough for anyone to have beaten us."
After suffering multiple games shooting under 30 percent, including a 27 percent performance Tuesday night at Paragould, Blytheville (4-12, 1-2 5A-East) turned the tables on its opponent. The Blytheville defense held Batesville (1-11, 0-3 5A-East) to just eight field goals all game with two coming in the closing moments of the game after it was long decided. Offensively, the Chicks shot 51 percent from the field (22-43) including 6-12 from the three-point line.
"We started 0-2 with losing one of those at home," said Flanigan. "We knew somewhere along the way we'd have to steal one on the road."
Blytheville led 14-8 after the first period, 31-16 at halftime and 42-21 heading into the fourth.
Damion Wilson and Johnae Guyton got things going early for the Chicks by combing for four three-pointers over the first period and a half.
Wilson and Guyton led the Chicks with 13 points each and Michael Williams chipped in 10.
The win was huge for the Chicks with two home games coming up this week against Nettleton on Tuesday and Wynne on Friday night.
"We still have time to right this ship," said Flanigan. "Our goal was to be playing well at this time of the year. We played efficiently and didn't make mistakes. The guys are starting to see it come together."
Tuesday night's action begins at 5 p.m. with the boys "B" team, followed by the girls varsity and concluding with the boys varsity.