FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Chattahoochee County High School Lady Panthers rolled past the Stewart County High School Lady Royal Knights 66-23 Tuesday at home to move above .500 for the season.

The Panthers took an early 11-5 lead by the end of the first half, and with the help of a stout defense, led 28-11 at the half.

The Lady Royal Knights struggled to score points in the second half as the Lady Panthers' defense held them to 28-11 at the half.

Chattco poured on the offense in the third period, increasing its lead to 42-19 at the end of the period.
The Panthers' defense held Stewart County to four points in the final period while Chattco's offense had its highest-scoring period of the game, scoring 24 points for the 66-23 win.

The Lady Panthers now have a 4-3 record.

Up next:

Greenville High School Lady Patriots (Region 2B-A)
6 p.m. today in Greenville, Ga.

Inside the numbers:

43 - Number of points the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Royal Knights.

16 - Points by leading Lady Panther Akeyvya Jones.

3 - Number of Lady Panthers who scored in double digits: Jones, Kristina Dixon (12), and Jennifer Murray (12).

Game reaction:

"It feels good to beat the other team by (about) 40 points, but we were extremely flat. We have to come out with more intensity tonight in our sub-region ballgame. Defensively we played full-court pressure .... At halftime we talked about keeping the intensity up and ball rotation."

-Jay Cox, Lady Panthers head coach

"We had a pretty good lead and kept (the lead) with teamwork and good communication. I think we are doing good so far this season and as long as we work hard, we'll succeed."

- Ashley Leach, sophomore Lady Panthers forward

"We did good in the second period and had a slow start in the first half, but we were able to step it up in the second half."

- Noelani Conley, senior Lady Panthers forward