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Reese puts up 41 in ASHS rout of Syrup Maids

AMERICUS – Americus-Sumter guard Jelissa Reese very nearly outscored the entire Cairo High School girls’ basketball team (CHS) as she poured in 41 points to lead the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers to an 81-47 shellacking of the Syrup Maids in a Region 1-AAAA contest on Tuesday, December 17, at Americus-Sumter High School (ASHS).

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 25-11 lead in the first quarter and outscored CHS 17-13 in the second quarter to take a 42-24 lead into halftime.

While the third quarter was more evenly matched between the two teams, the Lady Panthers used their full-court pressure in the fourth quarter to create numerous turnovers and fast break baskets. As a team, the Lady Panthers scored 22 points in the final quarter and outscored the Syrup Maids 22-14. Reese scored 14 of the Lady Panthers’ 22 fourth quarter points.

One other player was in double figures for ASHS. Sophomore center Trinity Jackson scored 12 points in the contest.

With the win, the Lady Panthers remain undefeated at 9-0 and are in first place in the Region 1-AAAA standings at 5-0. CHS drops to 4-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Region 1-AAAA standings.

Up next for ASHS is a non-region home game against Marion County on Friday, December 20, at 6 p.m. They will then host the Bainbridge Lady Bearcats on Saturday, December 21, at 6 p.m.