Lady Bears battle in region playoffs
Head Coach Leslie Lawrence said the girls played very consistent against Hephzibah to advance to the state playoffs.
“Our players were determined from the beginning of the game to secure the bid,” she said.
Senior Asia Harden led the Bears against Hephzibah with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals, followed by senior Samantha Singfield who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists and a steal. Sophomore Qua’Nesha Hamilton had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
The Lady Bears dropped the semifinal game against Cross Creek 60-29 last Thursday night. Coach Lawrence said they shot a dismal 16 percent from the field.
“Although we were able to create opportunities on the defensive end, if you are not making baskets then most times things don't turn out positively.”
Against Cross Creek, Harden scored 19 points. She had 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Junior Quin’DeJa Hamilton scored 5 points and had an assist. Qua’Nesha Hamilton scored 3 points, had 6 rebounds, a block, 2 assists and 2 steals.
In the region consolation game against Baldwin last Friday, the Lady Bears came back with a 51-42 overtime win that gave them the third seed position.
“We were able to rebound against Baldwin on Friday as we took a 12-3 lead from the tip,” Coach Lawrence said. “Baldwin made a run in the first half; however, we were able to sustain their run with pressure defense in the second half. I commend our players for the way they bounced back after the loss to Cross Creek the night before.”
Against Baldwin, leading the Lady Bears was Qua’Nesha Hamilton who posted 15 points. She also had 9 rebounds, an assist and 5 steals. Singfield followed with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and Quin’DeJa Hamilton scored 9 points and got 3 assists and 2 steals.
The Lady Bears play at Columbus High School at 6 p.m. in the first round of state.