Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local Sports

December 12, 2012

Southland sends Sherwood back home with two losses

AMERICUS — What began as a day of hope for the Sherwood Christian Academy Lady Eagles and Eagles turned into a long ride back to Albany after the Southland Academy Lady Raiders and Raiders took care of business on the courts on Tuesday night in a doubleheader sweep. The Lady Raiders took down the Lady Eagles behind a strong second half performance to start the night, and the Raiders won the second match-up after a strong start to complete the Tuesday night non-region sweep.

Ella Hawkins and Dallas NeSmith led the Southland to a 9-4 first period lead, and the Lady Raiders continued to pile on behind the guard’s solid performances. After taking a 17-10 lead into the halftime break, Southland went shot-for-shot with the Lady Eagles in the third before opening the lead up in the final period to claim an impressive 44-30 win as the fourth period expired.

Much of the Lady Raiders success came from the solid defensive performance that Southland provided throughout the game. “We pressed the entire game and caused some turnovers,” said Lady Raider coach Paula McDonald. “When those kinds of things happen it’s because the defense is really working.”

Hawkins had her first double-double of the season, scoring 18 points while stealing 10 balls from the Lady Eagles. NeSmith added 12 points to finish second in scoring, and she also had three steals on the night for the Lady Raiders. Victoria Davidson was the Lady Eagles leading scorer, tossing in 11 points in the loss.

“We had some players out with illness, but we had some others that really stepped up and everyone contributed really well,” said McDonald.

Following the girl’s game the Raiders took the court hoping to shake off a very close loss to Westfield on Friday night. After a hot start early in the game, the Raiders coasted to a 61-57 win to move to 2-1 on the young 2012-13 season.

Southland raced out to a huge lead from tip-off, controlling the first period with 24 points to Sherwood’s 14. The Raiders and Eagles then traded baskets in the second period, and at the halftime break Southland held a 37-27 advantage.

The second period would also be a shot-for-shot affair as Sherwood narrowly outscored the Raiders in each of the final two periods. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Southland’s huge first period would prove the difference in the game, and as the final period expired the Raiders claimed a hard-fought 61-57 victory over the upset-minded Eagles.

With another huge game, Colby Webb notched his third straight double-double to start the season with 23 points scored and 17 rebounds to the lead the Raiders. Dustin Shattles also had another tremendous night with 16 points, including going 11 for 13 from the free throw line. Geoffrey McDonald added a double-double of his own with 15 points and 10 rebounds to help secure the win for the Raiders.

Southland head coach Rundy Foster was thrilled with his team’s play on both ends of the court, saying, “Those three guys have been carrying us all year on the offensive end, and William Oster, Jon Adkins, Ford roach, and Taylor Weldon have all done a great job on the defensive end.”

The Raiders and Lady Raiders will be back on the road for their next game on Friday night as they travel to Macon to take on the very tough Stratford Academy Lady Eagles and Eagles. “They are a top five team in the state in AAA so it will be a good test for us, but those are the types of games we like to play,” said Foster.

The girl’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the boy’s game following immediately after.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Matt Corbin.jpg Schley County’s Corbin signs to play football at Point University

    Matt Corbin, a multi-sport standout at Schley County High School, recently signed with Point University in West Point, Ga. to continue his football career at the college level. The 2013 All-Region 4-A first teamer and Americus Times-Recorder All-Area selection plans to help the Skyhawks football team out in multiple positions, just as he did for the Wildcats.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Russ_Emili CTGC.jpg Russ signs with GSW women's basketball

    Georgia Southwestern State University head women's basketball coach Kelly Britsky has announced the addition of Emili Russ to the Lady Hurricane squad for the 2014-15 season.
    Russ signed with the Lady 'Canes after playing last season for Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. She will join the program in the fall with two years of eligibility remaining.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Souhtland XC State Champs web.jpg Three Southland coaches receive Coach of the Year honors

    Last year Southland Academy’s athletic program soared to new heights. Two state championships, several region championships, and many trips deep into the state playoffs marked a banner year for several Raider teams. Recently, three of Southland’s coaches were recognized by the GISA for their hard work and dedication to lead their programs to the state title.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Americus Travelers finish in top 3 at USSSA World Series

    The Americus Travelers 14U Baseball Club, after a stellar season on the baseball diamond, again peaked at the right time; finishing as the number three team at the USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series in Orange Beach, Ala. last week. Coach Tim Estes’ squad entered the event with a record of 23–9 -1 on the season, and there were 35 teams from eight states competing for the title of World Series Champion.

    July 18, 2014

  • SAR football help flags.jpg Raiders lend a hand at Andersonville NHS

    The Avenue of Flags flies in Andersonville National Historic Site five times per year during days of special significance. Following the end of the Independence Day holiday, the Southland Academy football team took a break from their summer workouts to help take down the 200+ flags on Monday, July 7.

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Frey_Conyers_Balleur-7-14.jpg SGTC names new athletic director and assistant basketball coaches

    South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets head basketball coach James Frey has been named Athletic Director for the college effective July 1, 2014, announced South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves. Frey will continue to serve as the Lady Jets head basketball coach, as well as work as a Recreation and Leisure Management instructor. Reeves also announced that Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer have been hired as full-time instructors and assistant basketball coaches for the Lady Jets and Jets.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8U Champs.jpg Recreation all-star teams perform well in district tournaments, two qualify for state

    The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department (SCPRD) has one of the strongest youth baseball programs in the state, and they will have a chance to prove it in the upcoming Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) state tournaments beginning on July 9.

    July 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • SCPRD Softball allstars.jpg SCPRD sees great success in first year of youth softball league

    The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department (SCPRD) hosted a youth softball division for the first time this year, and according to SCPRD executive director Tim Estes, it was a roaring success.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Josh Willis Sholarship receip 14.jpg Eight Panthers awarded Josh Willis Memorial Scholarships

    Last Friday, eight Americus-Sumter senior student athletes received scholarships in honor for former Americus-Sumter and University of Georgia standout football player Josh Willis. The memorial scholarships will help each of the student-athletes achieve their dream of attending college to further their education.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snow SOCC picture.jpg Georgia Southwestern’s Snow pegged as profession's next generation through NSCAA 30 Under 30 Program

    Georgia Southwestern head women's soccer coach Samantha Snow is one of only 15 female soccer coaches in the country selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to participate in the organization's 30 Under 30 program.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More
Weather Radar