Southland Lady Raiders win close game with Tiftarea
By David Busman
AMERICUS – The Southland Lady Raiders, led by Sydney Payne’s 11 points, defeated Tiftarea Academy 38-34 in a defensive struggle Tuesday night, January 30.
Southland trailed 8-5 by the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Raiders outscored Tiftarea 12-5 in the second quarter and maintained a 17-13 lead at the half.
During the second half, Southland Head Coach Ty Kinslow decided to employ a slow, defensive strategy against the Lady Panthers. “We needed to slow down the ball game to keep our lead”, Kinslow said. “I told the girls to hold on to the ball and only take low-risk shots.”
Photo by Sheri Bass
Due to the Lady Raiders’ strong defensive play, the strategy paid off. Southland maintained their lead in the third quarter, and led 26-19 to start the fourth quarter.
Tiftarea came to within four points of Southland during the fourth quarter. However, Southland was able to withstand Tiftarea’s rally and hold on for the win.
The Lady Raiders are now 17-3 overall and 5-0 in region play. They will host Deerfield-Windsor at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2.
The Lady Raiders will travel to Valdosta on Tuesday, February 6, to take on Valwood. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Their final game of the regular season will be a home game on Friday, February 9, against Brookwood. Tip-off for that game is also scheduled for 6:30 p.m.