Lady Indians explode to victory over Lady Dogs
Tribune Sports Staff
By the end of the first quarter of the Lady Indian-Lady Bulldog game at Marked Tree last Friday night, it looked as if the game was going to be an Earle blowout as the boys game would turn out to be in the next game. Down 13-5, the fans can be forgiven if they doubted that the Lady Indians could come back. Clearly, though, the ladies didn't doubt themselves as they cam from down by as much as 13, to gain their third win of the season, 65-57.
"This team can still excite me," said coach Luke Lovins later. "We were down by 10 at the half, but we weren't playing that bad. There was something missing, but we didn't know what. We were executing okay, but it wasn't enough.
"So we got in there at the half and talked about goals and winning and what you have to have to win. Then we came out in the second half and Deziree (Tull) and Amelia (Stacy) both sparked us to the win."
Stacy led the Lady Indians with 21 points, 15 of those coming after the break.
Tull, who finished the game with 17 points, scored only two in the first half. Of the 15 she had in the last two quarters, nine came by free throws as she hit 75 percent down the stretch to help secure the win.
With 4:00 gone in the third and the Lady Indians down 39-26, Stacy began the march with a steal and footrace to the other end of the court where she sunk a lay-up. Marked Tree was then off and running just as Stacy had.
Starting with that bucket, they went on a 15-2 run which brought them into a 41-all tie by the third period buzzer. The when the teams returned to the court, the Lady Indians kept up the barrage of points as they closed the game with a 24-16 run for the win.
"It was a really good win," concluded Lovins. "It was just another good effort."
Mary Davis, who was instrumental in putting up a strong defense for the Lady Indians, scored in double figures, hitting for 10 points before fouling out with over five minutes left in the game. Hannah Ghant scored eight, with Larika Travis scoring four, Patrice Powell three and Emma Terrell two.
For Earle, Southern had 13 and three players -- Sanders, Wiley and Dawson -- finished with 10 each.
Jr. Lady Bulldogs 34
Jr. Lady Indians 32
Prior to the senior ladies contest, the Junior Lady Warriors nearly got their second win of the season, but fell just short as they ran out time before they could secure a victory, falling by two 34-32.
"It was close and we had a chance to win," said Lovins. "We didn't foul at the end like we needed to. We made mistakes that come from lack of experience. But they all did everything I told them to do in the second half."
A 12-4 first quarter by the Junior lady Bulldogs gave them enough of cushion to withstand the charge marked Tree would make later in the game. The two teams played nearly even the second and third periods, 8-7 and 7-7, the Indians gaining a point to be down by seven at the start of the final period.
Seventh grader Aytrius Perry scored nine of her team-leading 18 points in the final quarter as the Junior Lady Indians made their push toward victory. They fell just two points short, though, as Earle managed to hold the ball for the last :26, keeping Marked Tree from making a final scoring attempt.
"Perry did a really good job," Lovins concluded. "People are starting to realize what she can do and are starting to play her differently, double team her and things like that."
Deidra Stacy followed Perry with six points while Quandedra Perry and Emilee Timbs scored four each.
Earle's Poole led her team with 10.