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Panther ladies shine for South
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Two Liberty County standouts performed Sunday at the 2008 All-Star Senior Game at Savannah State University.
Lady Panthers Metra Walthour and Nisha Adams were among three future Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets selected for the game’s South roster.
Adams was not in the original lineup because the voting took place just after her knee injury and the coaches were unsure if she would be able to play.  However, she was allowed to join the roster because the GACA allows the coaching staff to pick up at least two players on their own.
“The South’s coach wanted her on the team,” Lady Panther coach Carolyn Kelly said. “Once he knew she was able to play he didn’t waste any time picking her up.”
“We knew she deserved to be in the game,” teammate Walthour said. “So when our coach called her to come in and play she was happy and I was happy for her because she deserved to be in the game.”
The crowd caught a glimpse of the future of the Yellow Jackets basketball team with Walthour, Adams and Statesboro standout Monnette Bennett, who is a friend of both young ladies.
All three brought their A game and all three hit the double digits with Bennett scoring 17, Walthour hitting 11 and Adams scoring 10.
“I think we played well, especially since there were a lot of Division I players playing against each other,” Walthour said. “The three of us played well together. We scored 37-points and each of us scored in the double digits.
We represented Liberty County, Statesboro and Georgia Tech real well.”
While Walthour described Sunday’s game as fun she knows soon all three will be battling for starting positions for the yellow Jackets and she is getting ready.
“I’m doing what I need to be doing right now,” she said. “I’m playing soccer to stay in shape and I’m weight training and conditioning to get stronger. That is the top priority right now the weight training.”
Walthour and Adams are both on the Lady Panther soccer squad as a way of staying in shape and learn inga new sport.
Walthour plays defense but lately has done her share as a goalkeeper.
“It was a new experience and it was scary,” she said. “I think I think about it too much and seeing the ball coming at you and the players coming at you to kick the ball, it was kind of scary.  But I’ll get better at it.”
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