Lady Cats Basketball splits games during region matchup

Published 11:42 am Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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The Lady Cats basketball team hit the court this past week, splitting region games between the Westover Lady Patriots and the Dougherty County Lady Trojans.

The Lady Cats first hosted the Lady Patriots on Tuesday night, where they fell short 31-39.

Both teams started off strong, with the Lady Patriots only outscoring the Lady Cats by one point in the first quarter 11-10.

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Seniors Angel Peterson and Detavia Salter led the team with 4 points each, while Taralyn Brown finished up the quarter with two points.

The Lady Patriots were able to gain a steady lead in the second quarter, scoring 10 points, while the Lady Cats managed to get four points from free throws.

Coming out of halftime, the Lady Cats were determined to get back on the board. They scored 10 points in the third quarter, as did the Lady Patriots.

Salter, again, led in the third quarter, scoring four points through a combination of shots.

Marquita Jakes followed her up, scoring three points with the first 3-pointer of the nights.

Brown scored two points and Peterson finished off the quarter scoring one point on a free throw shot.

It all came down to the fourth quarter, with the Lady Patriots leading 31-24.

The Lady Cats were able to hold the Lady Patriots to only 8 points, but could not make a comeback, ultimately scoring 7 points themselves.

Salter scored six of the points, while Peterson finished off the game making one last free throw.

Head Coach Kelvin Cochran was disappointed in the loss, but said the team couldn’t be mad at anyone but themselves.

“We had our opportunities,” he said. “We can’t be mad at anyone but ourselves. We missed layups and free throws and blew assignments, but we still had opportunities.”

Cochran tipped his hat to Westover.

“They came in off the road and got a big win against us,” he said. “It was tough; I thought once we got our bearings, we would be okay, but we just couldn’t get it.”

Cochran said this was their first loss during region play and the team was very hurt by it, but they knew they would have another opportunity to prove themselves come Friday night against Dougherty.

“I told them there would be nights like this,” he said. “We have a couple nights to get ready and redeem ourselves.”

The Lady Cats took Cochran’s word to heart and redeemed themselves on Friday, winning 51-37.

In double figures for the Lady Cats were Salter with 13 points, Courtney Sanders with 12 points and Peterson with 11 points. Others scorers for the Lady Cats were Jakes with 8 points, Elexis Warner with 3 points and Brown and Raven Williams with 2 points each.

The Lady Cats will now face off against Monroe at home at 6 p.m. on Friday night.