Lady Cats split Region 1-AAAA games

Published 12:52 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Coach Kelvin Cochran’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats split their opening two Region 1-AAAA basketball games here over the weekend, moving their season record to 13-6.

On Friday they defeated the Thomas County Central High School Lady Yellow Jackets 56-45, and on Saturday they lost to the Lee County High School Lady Trojans, 62-55.

Briana Wade, who took game-scoring honors with 20 points Friday, gave the Lady Cats a 13-6 lead over Central when she hit consecutive layups at the 2:03 and 1:10 marks of the first quarter.

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The Lady Cats outscored the Lady Yellow Jackets, 16-13 in the third quarter to build their lead to 46-30, entering the fourth quarter. Alexius O’Neal led Central with 10 points.

The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Cats 15-10 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

Behind Wade in the Lady Cats’ scoring column Friday night were Ri’Chana Jackson with 15 points, Takia Crankfield with eight, Khadijah Cooper with six, Alex Carter with three and Diamond Bouie and Jasmin Kelly with two apiece.

“We really played hard tonight under some adverse circumstances,” Cochran said following Friday night’s win over Central. “There was a virus going around and some of our players weren’t feeling well, but to their credit they hung in there.

“Saturday night, in our loss to Lee County, we played hard again but were hurt by turnovers and free throws. We missed 17 free throws. If we had made half of them we would have won the game.”

The Lady Cats featured a balanced scoring attack Saturday night with three players hitting in double figures. Wade led the way with 16 points. Crankfield added 12 and Jackson put in 10. Bouie scored five and Kelly added three.

Daquenna Moore of the Lady Trojans took game-scoring honors with 30. Also in double-figures for the Lady Trojans were Briana Scott with 14 and Natalie Shiver and Kathlene McConnell with 12 apiece.

Bainbridge played Tuesday night in Pelham, and will remain on the road to face Thomas County Central on Friday. The Lady Cats return home Saturday to play Cairo at 6 p.m.