Sophomore Lady Panther Diamone Johnson was playing cops and robbers with three back-to-back steals for 6 quick points in the Lady Panthers’ 66-57 win at home Tuesday night against Tattnall County.
Johnson was also 5 of 7 from the line and hit a game-high 23 points to lead the girls in their non-region victory.
Senior Kourtney Alexander struggled, missing a few 3-pointers in the first half, but found the spot in the second half, getting 6 of her 19 points from the trey range. Alexander went 3 of 4 at the line.
Rounding out the Lady Panthers in the double digits was Courtney Rhodes who netted most of her 14 points off the boards. At the line she was 2 for 2.
The win gives the Liberty girls an overall 13-3 record and a 3-AAA record of 5-1. This keeps the girls in second place in the region behind Washington County. It was WACO who handed the Liberty girls their only region loss (50-69) when they hosted the Golden Hawks on Dec. 18.
The girls will play the Lady Golden Hawks tomorrow in Washington County.
Alexander, the Lady Panthers’ senior guard said the team seems to be on point for the challenge.
"We need to work on our transition play and getting back on our 12/4 defense," Alexander said. "Other than that, we are doing great. We are picking up points and getting everybody involved."Alexander has consistently hit double digits throughout the season and would like to finish her high school career on top.
She is being heavily scouted by Albany State, Georgia State and Tennessee Tech.
"But I need to work on my dribbling, my ball handling and just taking it to the rack," she said.
Lady Panthers 18|35|47|66
Diamone Johnson 23, Kourtney Alexander 19, Courtney Rhodes 14, Miata Askew 6, Precious Williams 4
Jasmine Smith knocked in 32 points.