Lady Raiders improve to 14-1 with win over Brookwood

Published 1:55 am Saturday, January 14, 2023

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AMERICUS – It was another day at the office for the Southland Academy Varsity Girls Basketball Team (SAR). The Lady Raiders, as they always do, used their solid defensive play to create their offense. This was especially important against the Brookwood Lady Warriors, who shoot the ball well from beyond the arc.

SAR was able to jump out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter and the Lady Raiders continued to dominate from then on out on their way to a 46-21 victory over the Lady Warriors on Friday, January 13 at the Melvin Kinslow Gymnasium on the Southland Academy campus.

The Win now puts SAR at 14-1 on the season and they are 3-0 in the GIAA Region 3-AAA standings.

“It always starts with our defense,” SAR Head Coach Eric Israel said. “I thought we did a great job pushing them out just a little bit, fronting the post and really just getting out on their three-point shooters. Brookwood is a really good team, a really well-coached team, so we knew we had to bring our best defensive effort tonight.”

Southland Academy senior point guard Morgan Weaver scored five points in the Lady Raiders’ victory over Brookwood.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

SAR senior guard Riley Mitchell led all scorers with 16 points and senior guard J.C. Bailey was also in double figures with 15. Mary Beth Easterlin chipped in seven points for SAR, senior point guard Morgan Weaver had five and Lauren Duke scored three points to round out the Lady Raiders’ scoring.

The Lady Raiders took control of the game from the start and jumped out to a 17-9 lead. As the first half continued, SAR continued to limit the Lady Warriors’ chances to score and went on a 17-2 run that was capped off by a four-point play from J.C. Bailey. Bailey drained a three-pointer, but was fouled on the play and made the foul shot to give the Lady Raiders a 28-11 lead. Abigail Squires ended the BKS scoring drought by hitting two free throws, but Weaver struck with a three-pointer a few seconds before the horn sounded to give the Lady Raiders a 32-13 lead at the half.

Mitchell scored 11 of her game total of 16 points to lead SAR in first half scoring.

In the third quarter, the Lady Raiders picked up where they left off and continued to dominate BKS on both ends of the floor. The Lady Warriors continued to struggle scoring and as a result, SAR was able to outscore BKS 8-4 to take a 40-17 by the end of the quarter.

Southland Academy junior small forward Mary Beth Easterlin is shown here shooting a free throw. Easterlin scored seven points in the win over the Lady Warriors.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Over the final eight minutes, the large lead allowed Israel to give his younger players some valuable playing experience. These players continued to maintain the sizeable lead for SAR and the Lady Raiders would go on to defeat BKS 46-21.

Maddie Duncan led the Lady Warriors in scoring with eight points and Carriyona Williams chipped in four in the losing cause. With the loss, BKS falls to 11-7 overall on the season and 0-3 in the GIAA Region 3-AAA standings.

Southland Academy junior shooting guard Landry Hart competes for the Lady Raiders against Brookwood.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Raiders will try to continue their winning ways when they host Glenwood from Smiths Station, AL on Saturday, January 14 at 2:15 p.m.