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Lady Tigers swat Yellow Jackets, 63-48
Top Tiger: Seandre Lee led the scoring drive with 16 points in Saturday night’s victory of the Yellow Jackets.
The Wayne County Lady Yellow Jackets fell Saturday night to a hard-clawing defensive Lady Tiger squad who was looking for redemption after a disappointing loss to Groves just one night earlier.
It didn’t take the Lady Tigers long to open up and maintain a five-point lead early in game. But the Yellow Jackets stung back and, with three minutes left in the first period, the Jackets jumped ahead by one.
The Lady Tigers opened up their offense with Stevonna Scott drawing a foul and going two for two at the foul line. This rejuvenated the Lady Tigers and, with the help of Seandre Lee, Jammie McLemore and Camille Jackson, the Tigers pulled ahead to end the first period, 18-11.
But the Jackets were able to keep pace and within the first minutes of the second period came within three points. McLemore hit a three-point basket for the Lady Tigers, making it 24-17. The Lady Jackets were hit with a foul and the Tigers landed both foul shots and extended their lead to 26-17.
LaTrinna White stole the ball away from a Lady Jacket and passed it to Quintunya Chapman for the lay-up and another two points on the board. The Tigers continued to score and ended the half, 32-19.
The Yellow Jackets took a three-point shot to start the third period. To re-energize the team, the Tigers sent in some of their second team. Because of the renewed energy, they continued to stretch their lead.
Seandre Lee hit double digits, scoring 16 of the Lady Tigers’ points and with 3:12 left in the third, the Lady Tigers had a 20-point lead.
The Tigers held that lead for most of the fourth period, eventually giving up five points before the ending the game with a 63-48 victory.
Although happy with the win, Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker still saw on issue she plans to address with her team.
“We did a little better job of taking care of the basketball,” she said. “But we still had 21 turnovers. That is better than the 31 and 39 turnovers from the previous two games but we need to continue to bring our turnover ratio down.”
Baker said she was impressed with the ladies abilities to maintain their stamina, especially after playing the night before.
“Usually, early in the season when you play back to back, you tend to come out a little sluggish but I was pleasantly surprised. We did not play sluggish tonight (Saturday),” she said. “We came out and we talked before the game to try and establish ourselves and get back on a winning track and we got a good performance out of everybody.
“In the second quarter, we put in some of our reserves to bring in some energy and they did just that. They came out and helped us extend our lead and it is things like that that will continue to help us down the road,” she said.
Asked if she thought the ladies did better at the foul line, Baker said she felt they did a decent job at the free-throw line. She acknowledged it was a definite improvement from the Groves game where the lack of shots scored from the free-throw line costs them points.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to host the Lady Wildcats of Camden County Tuesday afternoon. Those scores will be in Friday’s Coastal Courier.
Scoring points
Seandre Lee 16
Bryttnii Speight 9
Jammie McLemore 7
Camille Jackson 7
Stevonna Scott 7
Quintunya Chapman 4
Shakayla Kennedy 4
Raven Anderson 4
Jasmine Alonso 2
LaTrinna White 1
Candice Curry 1
Mei Sean Lee 1
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