Lady Panthers use defensive pressure to overwhelm Worth County

Published 2:51 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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AMERICUS – The Sumter County Varsity Girls Basketball Team (SCHS) overwhelmed the Lady Rams of Worth County from start to finish on their way to a 67-30 victory Tuesday night at Sumter County High School.

While she was happy with the victory, SCHS Head Coach Sherri Harris knows that there is still a lot of work yet to be done.

“We are finding a little groove. We’re not where we need to be just yet,” Harris said. “We’re still young and trying to feel each other out. We played some very good man- to-man defense tonight and it led to a lot of unforced turnovers on their part. We got a big lead early and we were able to get a lot of people out there to get some playing time.”

Sumter County’s Jyniah Edwards goes up to score.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Panthers had four players score in double figures. Aliyah McGarrah led SCHS in scoring with 15 points and Jesstynie Scott had 14. Both D’Eria Clark and Lauren Harris each chipped in 10 points in the winning cause.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter and capped off that run with a basket from Harris. They did this by using their tenacious defense to limit the Lady Rams’ chances to score. By the end of the first quarter, SCHS led 18-8.

As the first half continued, the Lady Panthers continued to build their lead, as they used their defense to force turnovers and turned them into points. By halftime, SCHS had a comfortable 38-16 lead.

Sumter County’s Jyniah Edwards goes up to score.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers picked up where they left off by going on a 12-0 run. They continued to use their defensive pressure to create turnovers and turned those turnovers into fast break baskets. As the second half continued, SCHS continued to limit the Lady Rams’ chances to score and continued to build their lead on the offensive end. By the time the horn sounded to end the game, the Lady Panthers had earned a 67-30 victory.

With the win, the Lady Panthers improve to 9-6 overall and they are 3-1 in Region 1-AA competition. They will travel to Hazlehurst, GA on Thursday to take on Jeff Davis High School. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.