Lady Raiders start 2022-23 season with resounding blow out of SOWEGA STEM Charter

Published 5:47 pm Monday, November 21, 2022

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DAWSON, GA – The Southland Academy Lady Raider Basketball Team (SAR) made a resounding statement to start its season. The Lady Raiders used their defensive pressure and hot shooting from the field to jump out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter and continued that aggressiveness for the remainder of the game en route to a 66-5 rout of SOWEGA Stem Charter School in their first game of the season at the annual Terrell Tip-Off Tournament at Terrell academy on Monday, November 21.

“It always starts with defense. Our defense played well, especially playing on the help side,” SAR Head Coach Eric Israel said. “We were working on ourselves a lot that game and we shot the ball well, which we are going to have to continue to do. It was a good way to start the season.”

Southland Academy senior guard Riley Mitchell scored four points in the Lady Raiders’ win over SOWEGA STEM Charter.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Every player on the SAR roster got in the scoring column in this game. Morgan Weaver led the Lady Raiders with 20 points and made five three-pointers. J.C. Bailey was also in double figures with 12 points, Gracie Burrell had seven and both Anslee Rooks and Ila Johnson each chipped in six in the winning cause.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter by using their defensive pressure to force numerous turnovers and cashing in with points at the other end. By the end of the quarter, SAR had a 30-2 lead. For the remainder of the first half, the Lady Raiders continued to play aggressively and had a comfortable 44-2 lead at halftime.

Weaver scored 19 of her game total of 20 points in the first half and hit four three-pointers.

The Lady Raiders continued to dominate early in the second half by taking advantage of the struggling Lady Aggies, who continued to turn the ball over. With a little less than four minutes left in the third quarter, Weaver capped off a 7-0 run by SAR in the third quarter with a three-pointer to give the Lady Raiders a 51-2 lead.

Things did not change over the remainder of the game as the Lady Raiders continued to score on almost every possession. SOWEGA STEM continued to struggle offensively and the Lady Raiders continued to take advantage by using their high-pressure defense to create baskets in transition. As a result, SAR went on to win by the lopsided score of 66-5.

SAR will take on Lakeside Academy from Eufala, AL in their second game of the tournament on Tuesday, November 22 at 2 p.m.