Harris, Thomas lead Lady Cats victory

Published 6:39 am Tuesday, December 7, 2010

GOING UP FOR A LAYUP, Bainbridge High School Lady Cat Bria Harris goes up for two of her game-high 25 points as Charmonte Taylor of the Randolph-Clay High School Lady Red Devils comes in late.|Carol Heard

Seniors Bria Harris and April Thomas combined for 42 points Friday night to lead the Bainbridge High School Lady Cats to a 60-39 home opening victory over the Class A Randolph-Clay High School Lady Red Devils.

Harris poured in a game-high 25 points and April Thomas added 17 points. Adrianna Blackman was the high scorer for Randolph-Clay with 19.

The win improved the Lady Cats’ season record to 3-2. They opened the season with three solid efforts in Charles Cooper Memorial Tipoff Tournament at Lowndes County in Valdosta, bowing 63-54 to Berkmar High School of Lilburn, bowing 66-62 to Valdosta High School and defeating Ware County High School 49-32.

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Thomas gave the Lady Cats a 9-6 lead when she hit a three point jumper from the left side at the 4:43 mark of the first quarter,

Ri’Chana Jackson followed with a layup off the right glass with 3:35 showing on the clock to make it 11-6.

Leading 22-15 early in the second quarter, the Lady Cats went on an 11-0 scoring run to increase their lead to 33-15.

The run started with a layup off the right glass by Takia Crankfield and continued with a layup off the right glass and free throw by Harris. Briana Wade had a driving layup at the 4:45 mark, followed by a jump shot by Harris and a layup by Jackson at the 2:40 mark.

After the game, Lady Cats’ Head Coach Latreisha Moon expressed pleasure with her team’s performance against Randolph-Clay.

“I just told the players how proud I am of all of them for their effort tonight,” Moon said. “They played well on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Bria Harris rebounded and shot well and April Thomas shot well. The whole team really stepped up their game.”

Diamond Bouie drives past a Randolph-Clay defender and prepares to shoot a layup during Friday night’s game.|Carol Heard