By RACHEL JACKSON, The BayonetJanuary 8, 2010
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.
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).
"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