Lady Cats’ win streak snapped

Published 7:14 pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Bainbridge High School Lady Cats divided their first two Region 1AAAAA games Friday and Saturday.

Friday they traveled to Hamilton and defeated the Harris County High School Lady Tigers 67-51 and Saturday they lost to the Northside Columbus High Lady Patriots 48-38 at home ending their four-game win streak.

The weekend split left them with a 5-8 overall record. They traveled to Colquitt Tuesday for a non-Region game with the Miller County High School Lady Pirates.

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They return home Friday to host the Region 1AAAAA Lee County High School Lady Trojans. Saturday they will host the Region 1AAAAA Hardaway High School Lady Golden Hawks from Columbus.

Friday in Hamilton the Lady Cats led the Lady Tigers 10-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers outscored them 18-14 in the second quarter to take a 27-24 halftime lead. The Lady Cats bounced back to outscore the Lady Tigers 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 45-39 lead. They outscored the Lady Tigers 22-12 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Saturday against the Lady Patriots the Lady Cats fell behind 2-0 early but then scored the next 10 points to take a 10-2 lead. Patra Parris pulled them even 2-2 with a layup off the right glass at the    6:50 mark. Then Beonka Madge hit a jumper in the lane to put the Lady Cats ahead 4-2 at the 6:02 mark.

Langesha Emanuel increased the advantage to 6-2 with a basket at the 4:30 mark. The final two baskets in the Lady Cats 10-0 run were a jumper from the right side by Tameria Levens  at the 5:20 mark and a jumper from the left side by Alexandria Carter at the 4:16 mark. The Lady Cats led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and 25-19 at halftime.

The Lady Patriots bounced back to take a 34-30 lead after three quarters, and led the rest of the way. The Lady Cats cut it to three at 38-35 when Carter hit a layup off the right glass with 4:24 left in the game.

Parris led the Lady Cats Friday night with 27 points. Carter was also in double figures with 10. Madge scored 9 and Levens scored 7 points.

Saturday night Emanuel led the way with 13. Lady Cats coach Kelvin Cochran said he thought his team started slow Friday in Hamilton but got looser and stronger as the game progressed.

“We were hurt by fourth quarter turnovers Saturday night,” he said. “We just need to stay loose, get the ball to the open player on offense and play solid defense.”