Early 18-4 first quarter run leads to victory for Lady Panthers

Published 3:57 pm Saturday, December 9, 2023

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CORDELE –The Sumter County Varsity Girls Basketball Team (SCHS) did to Crisp County what they have done to many teams over the years. They used their tenacious defense to create their offense, both in the half-court and with full-court pressure. As a result, they left Cordele with a 55-17 rout of the Lady Cougars on Friday, December 8.

“It was a good win, but not what we needed it to be,” SCHS Head Coach Sherri Harris said. “I’m pretty excited that we are playing with a lot of energy. We’re making a lot of mistakes, so we’ve just got to learn to slow down. We had a lot of looks, but we also had a lot of missed opportunities. There were a lot of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on. For Game 2, I’m excited that we got the win, but I think we’ve still got a ways to go.”

Jesstynie Scott led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 19 points and Cornecia Luster was also in double figures with 10 points. J’Niyah Edwards came close to hitting the double digit scoring column, as she scored seven points.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game before CC called timeout. They did this by using their full-court pressure to create turnovers and turning them into points. As the quarter continued, SCHS continued to play tenaciously on the defensive end and by the end of the quarter, they maintained an 18-4 lead over the Lady Cougars.

Sumter County guard Lauren Harris scored four points in the Lady Panthers; win over Crisp County.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

As the first half continued, the Lady Panthers continued to use their defense to create their offense, both in the half court and with full-court pressure. This caused the Lady Cougars to struggle in their half-court offense and, as a result, they struggled to score. By halftime, the Lady Panthers led 33-9.

During the early minutes of the third quarter, both teams were struggling to score, but with a little over five minutes remaining in the quarter, the Lady Panthers began creating turnovers and turned them into points. As the second half continued, the Lady Panthers continued to maintain control of the game by using their defense to force turnovers. As a result, by the time the horn sounded to end the game, SCHS had secured a 55-17 victory.