Lady Indians come up short in title game

Published 8:28 am Saturday, February 26, 2011

COURTLAND—Southampton High’s girls lost 59-41 to Brunswick in the Region 1 title game on Friday night.

“We gave it a good shot, but just came out a little short,” said Lady Indians Coach Aronda Bell.

Even with the home loss, the Lady Indians will still advance to the big dance — the state tournament — next week at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.

After jumping out of the gates with a 4-0 lead, the Lady Indians watched as the Lady Bulldogs popped in three, 3-pointers to take a 15-10 first quarter lead.

The Lady Indians closed the score to 15-12 early in the second quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs opened the score to 22-14 at the 5:14 mark.

The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Bulldogs in the second quarter 11-9 and went to the locker room down 24-21 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Lady Indians made their run at the Lady Bulldogs. Indian Regina Artis was fouled on a drive, added 2 points, and the foul shot to put the Indians down 33-32. Artis made the next basket to put the Indians ahead 34 -33 with 3:12 remaining in the quarter.

On the Lady Bulldogs’ next possession, they took back the lead 35-34.

Artis was fouled on a drive and pumped in two free-throws to put the home team back in the lead at 36-35 with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs added the next three points to end the quarter ahead 38-36.

The Lady Indians seemed to hit a brick wall in the fourth quarter; they only scored 5 points.

At the same time for the visitors, it proved to be their best quarter as they tipped in 21 points, which included three 3-pointers.

In remarking about the whole court press that the Bulldogs used, Bell said her team broke the press, but just couldn’t attack like they usually do.

In scoring, the Lady Indians were led by Artis with 22 points.

For the Bulldogs, Myneshia Walker scored 20 points and Jamara Malone made 14 points.