Lady Indians defeat Brunswick 47-41

Published 11:19 am Thursday, January 6, 2011

Southampton High School's Ronnie Powell charges her way towards the basket passed Brunswick's Juanita Eshelman.


COURTLAND—The Southampton Lady Indians defeated Brunswick 47-41 Wednesday night in a Southside District competition.

“I think they did a good job of playing together as a team and listening down the stretch,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Aronda Bell.

Southampton improved to 2-3 and 2-1 in the Southside district.

“I thought we played well,” said Bell. “To be able to hang into the game with one of our leading players on the bench for the majority of the first half . . . so for us to hang in there and have the lead at the half was really good.”

Leading the way for Southampton was Ronnie Powell, who scored 16 points. Regina Artis came in after sitting out the majority of the first half to score 10 points.

Bell felt a lot of the girls stepped up and played where needed, and that took pressure off the rest of the team.

Neither team got more than 2 to 3 points ahead of each other during the first quarter until Powell hit two lay-ups — one with 50 seconds left and the other with 16 seconds left. The two baskets gave the Lady Indians a 13-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Lady Indians went into the locker room at halftime with a 21-19 lead. But the Lady Bulldogs went in with momentum on their side as they scored four unanswered points and carried that momentum into the third period of play.

With 36 seconds left in the game, Powell hit two free throws to make the score 45-38. Tenicia Joyner pulled down an offensive rebound and put it right back up into the basket to make the score 47-38 with 15 seconds left in the game.

“We had six people to score tonight where we would normally only have three to four people really score,” said Bell. “So that really helped us out there.”

The Lady Indians travel to Nottoway for a 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, district game.