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Lady Raiders dominate Fullington to begin 2018-19 season

DAWSON, GA – The Southland Lady Raider basketball team started off the 2018-19 season in dominating fashion as they took control early and never looked back on their way to a 53-15   thrashing of the Lady Trojans of Fullington Academy at the Tale Tip-Off Tournament on Monday, November 19, at Terrell Academy.

“We knew that we had them out manned a little bit, so we did what we had to do,” Southland Head Coach Ty Kinslow said. “We came out and we shot the ball well, especially for our first time out. Defensively, we played ok, but not our best. There were a lot of breakdowns. We saw some things that we need to work on. It’s a good way to get started. I’m proud of them.”

Southland point guard Sydney Payne brings the ball down against Fullington Academy.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Raiders had two players score in double-figures. Holly McCain led Southland with 11 points and Calyn Fort scored 10. Maddie Crisp and Haleigh Warren each scored a total of eight points for the Lady Raiders. For Fullington Academy, they were led in scoring by Grace Musslewhite with 10 points.

Southland’s Maddie Crisp with the ball looking to pass.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 lead early, then continued their onslaught by increasing their lead to 19-5 by the end of the first quarter. They did this by forcing numerous turnovers and turning them into points. They also did it with outside shooting and strong rebounding on the inside. The Lady Raiders continued their dominating performance on their way to a 41-9 halftime lead.

Southland guard Calyn Fort running the offense for the Lady Raiders against Fullington Academyu. Fort scored 10 points in the 53-15 win.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Holly McCain led the way for the Lady Raiders in the first half with nine first-half points, three of them coming on a three-pointer. Calyn Fort scored eight points in the first half, six of them on two three-pointers. Haleigh Warren and Macy Williams each scored six points for Southland in the first half, and Lauryn Griffin scored five first-half points. As for Fullington, Grace Musselwhite scored all of her 10 points in the first half.

Holly McCain playing defense against Fullington.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Southland continued to dominate in the second half, although they didn’t score as many points as they had in the first. They continued to work the ball around the perimeter with efficiency, and continued to give maximum effort.

“The number one thing is effort,” Kinslow said. “If the effort is there, then we can improve.”

Southland guard Calyn Fort pushing the basketball up the court.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Raiders (1-0) will play against Abbeville Christian from Abbeville, AL on Tuesday, November 20, in their second game of the Tale Tip-Off Tournament at Terrell Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.