Lady Cats split weekend games

Published 3:52 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Coach Kelvin Cochran’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats basketball team split two weekend games.

On Friday they defeated the Thomas County Central High School Lady Yellow Jackets in a Region 1-AAAA game, 65-60, in overtime. On Saturday, they dropped a tough tight 43-39 home game to the Cairo High School Syrupmaids.

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Leading the way for the Lady Cats, who are 14-8 on the season, against Central were Briana Wade and Takia Crankfield with 17 points apiece. Alex O’Neal led Central with 11.

The outcome of the Cairo game was in doubt until the final seconds. Alex Carter broke a 35-35 tie and put the Lady Cats up 38-35 when she hit a long three-point jumper from the right side with 2:20 left in the game.

Dominique Davis got the Syrupmaids even 38-38 when she countered with a three-pointer from the right side at the 1:34 mark.

A jumper from the left side by the Syrupmaids Alexis Pravis with 1:15 left put the visitors ahead to stay 40-38.

Jasmin Kelly’s free throw with 1:01 left cut the Syrupmaids’ advantage to 40-39, but Cairo scored the last three points to put the game away.

First, Kenya Reece hit a free throw with 18 seconds remaining, then Dominique Davis hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining.

The Lady Cats featured a balanced scoring chart when Wade and Crankfield scored 17 apiece, Kelly scored 12 and Ri’Chana Jackson scored 10.

“We have just got to keep playing hard,” Cochran said, following his team’s close Saturday night loss to Cairo.

Tuesday night the Bearcats took on the Lee County High School Lady Trojans in Leesburg, Ga. A victory would have given them the top seed in the Region 1-AAAA Tournament at Northside-Columbus High School, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 18.

They will conclude the regular season with a Friday senior night home game against the Randolph-Clay High School Lady Red Devils. Tipoff will be at 6 p.m.