Fourth-quarter domination leads Lady Panthers to victory
Published 8:42 pm Thursday, January 10, 2019
From Staff Reports
AMERICUS – After a rough experience at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, AZ Wednesday through Saturday, December 19-22, the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers (7-7, 4-2) were able to enjoy a win as thy routed Northside (Columbus) 60-37 on Tuesday, January 8, at Americus-Sumter High School (ASHS).
The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Patriots 23-5 in the fourth quarter to take control and win this Region 1-AAAA contest.
This was a welcomed victory for ASHS. While they experienced some good competition at the Nike Tournament of Champions and played well overall, the Lady Panthers were not able to win a game. They lost to Huntington Beach (CA) 54-39, Carver (AL) 45-31, Boulder Creek (AZ) 47-42, and lost a tough overtime game against Basha (AZ) 50-48. In the game against Basha, Divine White led the Lady Panthers with 16 points and DeAsia Ford scored 13. The Lady Panthers wanted to take their effort against Basha and carry it over to Tuesday night’s game against the Lady Patriots, which they did.
In the game against Northside (Columbus), White once again led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 16 points and Trinity Jackson scored 11. Brianna Pope very nearly had a double-double in this game. Pope scored nine points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
ASHS jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and outscored the Lady Patriots 16-11 in the second quarter to take a 30-18 halftime lead. The Lady Patriots made a run in the third quarter, outscoring ASHS 14-7. By the end of the quarter, the Lady Panthers only led 37-32.
However, the fourth quarter belonged to the Lady Panthers as they took total control and won going away.
ASHS will try to continue their winning ways in Region 1-AAAA on Friday, January 11, but they will be running into a giant in Carver (Columbus). According to scoreatl.com, the Lady Tigers are ranked number one in the state in the GHSA Class AAAA division. They are undefeated with an overall record of 16-0 and are currently 7-0 in the Region 1-AAAA standings. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Carver (Columbus) High School.