The Lady Tigers came out a bit sluggish Saturday, but still managed a 44-27 win at home over region opponent Camden County.
Despite missing easy layups and allowing the Wildcats several attempts at the basket, the Hinesville girls shut out the visiting team 9-0 to lead at the end of the first quarter.
However, coach Faye Baker’s girls wound up in early foul trouble, sending Mariah Maternik and Seandre Lee to the bench. Although the reserves kept the girls ahead, the Wildcats came back, scoring 14 points to the Lady Tigers’ 12 in the second quarter.
Averaging roughly 19.9 points per game, Lee scored only 10 points, as did Camille Jackson and Tiara Howard. Maternik scored only 2.
"This was a sloppy performance," Baker said. "There was some bad decision making. We didn’t play very smart or execute very well. This is our 16th game and we ought to be playing a whole lot better."
Baker said Jackson improved her ball-handling skills, playing at shooting guard while Maternik sat the bench.
Latisha Frasier ducked between steals and hit LaNiqua Fowler for an easy basket under the net. Sophomore Tiara Howard had her best game yet, according to the coach.
"She gave us some valuable minutes," Baker said. "She did some things well like rebounding and hitting free throws and played the best out of everybody tonight."Baker said the younger players are quickly becoming an integral part of the Lady Tigers’ system. And most are likely to finish out this season and return next year.
The girls were scheduled to play Camden County again last night in Kingsland. They will be in Savannah Friday night to play Groves and will be at Brunswick High on Saturday. The girls are 16-1 overall and 7-0 in region 3-AAAAA.
Lady Tigers 9 21 36-44
Lady Cats 0 14 21-27
Camille Jackson: 10
Seandre Lee: 10
Tiara Howard: 10
Quintunya Chapman: 6
LaNiqua Fowler: 6
Mariah Maternik: 2