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Lady Tigers earn third place in 3-AAAAA with 58-36 win over Jenkins
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Savannah State University’s appropriately named Tiger Arena was the temporary Lady Tigers’ lair on Saturday as they fought the Jenkins High Lady Warriors for the third place seed in 3-AAAAA region.
The Tigers were looking for payback as the Lady Warriors stripped the Lady Tigers crown earlier this season knocking them back into a tie for first place. Beach finally claimed that crown Saturday with a win over Groves.
Once again Brytnii Speight poured her heart into every basket, scoring 14 points, while Seandre Lee had a game high 16 points, most coming in the second half. By halftime the Lady Tigers secured a 31-12 lead.
“We played really well,” Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker said. “We jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.”
Back-to-back games are difficult enough but the Lady Tigers were just recovering from a devastating loss to Beach on Friday, forcing them to fight for third place at best.
“After our disappointing loss to Beach I told them that the beauty of basketball is that you don’t have to sit around and mope for too long because you get another chance the next day,” Baker said. “In our pre-game talk we discussed the last time we played Jenkins. They were the ones that beat us and forced us back into a tie. They (Jenkins) were very excited that they were able to defeat us at their place. So we talked about how that felt and our kids came ready to play.”
Baker said she was hoping her team would come out and play. She said it was the opportunity to re-establish themselves.
“We wanted to try and win that game so we can get some momentum as we head to the state playoff,” she added. “The kids rose to the challenge and did that.”
The Lady Tigers travel to Warner Robins on Saturday, to take on the Lady Demons in round one of the state playoffs. The Lady Demons enter the tournament 17-11 overall and 8-4 in 1-AAAAA region. The 3-AAAAA Lady Tigers are 21-7 overall and 13-4 in the region.
Seandre Lee 16
Brytnii Speight 14
Stevonna Scott 9
Correnda Duvernay 8
Jammie McLemore 5
Mariah Maternik 4
Camille Jackson 2
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