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Lady Panthers pummel Lady Yellow Jackets
Present and future: Candice Barham (31) is another example of an up-and-coming Lady Panther, helping to propel the team to another victory. Meanwhile Metra Walthour (5) continues to prove herself to Georgia Tech as she scored 25 points in the game. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Lady Panthers clawed passed the Wayne County Yellow Jackets Tuesday night, the first in a three home-game series that continues today with a rematch against Beach and a Saturday game hosting the Camden County Wildcats.
The Panthers were the first to pounce and quickly had a 12-2 lead over the Wayne County Lady Yellow Jackets.
The Lady Jackets did what they could offensively to catch up with the Lady Panthers but their opponents were able to maintain a tight defense. Even so, the Lady Jackets dwindled the Lady Panthers lead two three points before the Lady Panthers kicked it back into high gear and kept a 12-point lead by the half, 43-31.
The third and fourth periods were all Lady Panthers.
Metra Walthour once again dominated the scoreboard with five three-point shots. She finished the evening with 25 points in the game.
“Wayne was able to hang in with us the first half, so I was a little disappointed with our defense,” Lady Panther head coach Carolyn Kellysaid. “We were not moving our feet as quick as we should. We were not getting into position as quick as we should. We are struggling with boxing the player out and it showed when we played against Wayne so it is one area we need to improve on.”
The Lady Panthers are preparing for their rematch against Beach and are anticipating a different outcome this time around.
“The game against Beach is going to be a tough one,” Kelly said. “Earlier this season Beach got a win against us on their home court. They already know the last time we faced Beach we missed 16 free throws. We fought hard but now they know they can’t play against a team like Beach and miss that many free throws, and that in it self was a learning experience. You have to make those free throws regardless of how hard you play. We want to try some different things and approach them with a different strategy.
“Like I said before, we like to use non-region games as a learning tool for our team. We will work on some half-court trap, some man and zone coverage and switch it up some,” she said.
Immediately after the Friday night showdown against Beach, the Lady Panthers are home again Saturday night against a physically capable Camden County team.
“We have played some back-to-back games before, but we have some that are coming up that are against some tough competitors,” Kelly said. “We try and tell our players to get themselves mentally as well as physically prepared.”
The Lady Panthers tip off against Beach at 6:30 p.m. today.

Metra Walthour 25
LaQuananisha Adams 15
Candice Barham 14
Miata Askew 13
Janisha Ross 8
Kourthney Alexander 4
Precious Williams 3
Marcella Gordon 2
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