SP Basketball

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lady Tigers enter tournament No. 1 seed

By Angie Ledbetter

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The Lady Tigers had to perform a last minute comeback to take the lead and game to remain No. 1 seed in the district Thursday night.

With under a minute to play and down four points to Starkville, Lady Tiger Christa Brown came up with two consecutive steals. She took the ball the length of the court on the first steal and scored.

The Lady Tigers got fouled and made one free throw and were down by one. The Lady Tigers held Starkville off from scoring and had three chances to score but missed them.

Lady Tigers Jasmon Houston came up with a rebound almost lying on the floor and got fouled. With eight seconds to go, Houston scored both free throws to put the Lady Tigers ahead, 51-50.

“We had a pretty good defensive stand on the other end to keep them from scoring,” said Lady Tigers head coach Ralph Stallings.

The victory over Starkville kept the Lady Tigers in control over the district going into the playoffs in first place Tuesday in Tupelo.

The surprise of the night was Jelisa Lyons who came off the bench scoring 17 points for the Lady Tigers.

“She came in and did a great job on the board,” said Head Coach Ralph Stallings. “She was real physical and most of hers were rebounds that she put back in and really did a good job.”

Other Lady Tiger scorers include Chasity Kearney and Dorian Winfield, 11 each; Christa Brown and Jasmon Houston, 4 each; Turkessa Burgess and Brittany Moore, 2 each.

It was senior night for the Lady Yellowjackets.

“They were all fired up and wanted to be a spoiler for us as far as the district,” Stallings said. “It was a hard fought game all the way through it.”

Both teams scored 15 points in the first quarter. The Lady Tigers outscored Starkville 13-8 in the second quarter to lead 28-23 at the half. Both team only added eight points each in the low scoring third quarter.

Starkville outscored South Panola 18-15 in the fourth.

The regular season came to an end with the South Panola Lady Tigers falling to Clarksdale’s 39-35 Friday night.

The game was tied at seven following the first quarter. At the half Clarksdale led 17-16.

The Lady Tigers outscored Clarksdale 11-9 in the third quarter on their senior night.

Going into the final quarter, the Lady Tigers had a one point lead but the Lady Wildcats outscored them 13-9 to win the game.

Kearney was the leading scorer with 18 points. Lyons and Winfield each added six points while and Houston and Brown added three each.

The leading scorer for the Lady Wildcats was Seneca Walton with 13.

The Lady Tigers will start district tournament action in the first game this afternoon taking on Columbus at 4 in Tupelo. The winner will play in the championship game Friday at 6 p.m.