Shaw girls tournament roundup: Win puts Spencer over .500 heading into '14

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 28, 2013 

A slow start for both teams turned into a close finish in a consolation game between the Brookstone and Spencer girls on Saturday at Jordan in the Shaw tournament.

Despite a late push for the Lady Cougars, Spencer held on for a 43-38 win to finish 2-1 in the tournament. Brookstone played two games, losing both.

The win gave the Lady Greenwave a winning record for the 2013 half of the season, a first under coach Lamont Sheffield.

“It helps,” Sheffield said of the win and the 2-1 finish. “It allowed us to have a winning record going into the new year, which is big.”

Neither team got off to much of a start in the game, settling for a 5-3 score after the first period. Both found a little rhythm in the second quarter, and Spencer came alive in the third to pull out to a 33-24 lead. The lead was still nine points, 42-33, when Brookstone began its late push.

The Lady Cougars got a bucket from Neshia Thomas and another from Rachel Moore to make it a five-point game. A free throw cut it to four, but that was as close as Brookstone would get.

“I think both teams were just a little slow starting out,” Sheffield said. “It’s hard playing the third day in a row, so we just had to fight through and pick up the tempo.”

Spencer got 14 points from Alexus Griffin and 10 each from Tatyana Griffin and Miara Moore. Brookstone was led by Rachel Moore’s 11.

The tournament was an overall success for Spencer with two wins. Its only loss came in a competitive game against 3-seed Central. It provides hope for the team heading into the bulk of region play.

“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to be so competitive,” Spencer said. “That momentum is good.”

Carver 65, Hardaway 53

The Lady Tigers recovered from a slow first quarter to outscore Hardaway 19-6 in the second and pull away for a 12-point win in the second half.

The win gave Carver a 2-1 finish in the tournament, while the Lady Hawks finished 1-2.

Carver got 18 points from Alexis Burns to lead the effort. Mya Millner added 12 and Kendra Weeks chipped in 10.

Hardaway was led by Sha’Kendra Pipkins and Tyra Lacy, who each scored 12 in the loss.

Jordan 54, Bullock County 31

The Jordan girls topped Bullock County in a consolation game of the Shaw tournament on Saturday at Jordan. The win gave them a split in their two games for the weekend.

Justice Blair, Ashlee Simien and Undria Thomas all finished in double figures with 19, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Shaw 53, Harris County 50

The Shaw girls hung on for a close 53-50 victory over Harris County in a consolation game of the Shaw tournament on Saturday at Carver. Dawniqua Snead scored 23 points for the Lady Raiders to lead the effort, followed by Kayla Bonilla with 12.

Harris County got a game-high 34 points from Miesha Brooks, but no other player scored in double figures and only four total found the basket in the game.

Monday’s games

The tournament will resume on Monday after a day off with both boys and girls to play their semifinal rounds. On the girls side, Columbus will face Northside at 6 p.m. at Carver and Central will face Kendrick at 2 p.m. at Carver.

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Saturday at Jordan

Brookstone 3 11 10 14—38

Spencer 5 12 16 10—43

Brookstone (38)

Rachel Moore 11, Thomas 8, Stephens 6, McCormick 6, McCluskey 4, Long 3.

Spencer (43)

Alexus Griffin 14, Tatyana Griffin 10, Miara Moore 10, Walmsley 7, Hubbard 1, Price 1.

Saturday at Carver

Carver 11 19 13 22—65

Hardaway 19 6 8 20—53

Carver (65)

Alexis Burns 18, Mya Millner 12, Kendra Weeks 10, Brown 7, Smith 6, Givens 5, Walton 4, Tanner 2, Harris 1.

Hardaway (53)

Sha’Kendra Pipkins 12, Tyra Lacy 12, Lewis 8, Perry 8, Crawford 5, Dixon 3, Dent 2, McCrory 1.

Saturday at Jordan

Jordan 16 10 14 14—54

Bullock 5 16 2 8—31

Jordan (54)

Justice Blair 19, Ashlee Simien 11, Undria Thomas 10, Garner 6, Harris 4, Davis 4.

Bullock County (31)

Thornton 11, Cannon 9, Black 7, Rodgers 2, Mims 2.

Saturday at Carver

Harris County 8 10 14 18—50

Shaw 16 3 20 14—53

Harris County (50)

Miesha Brooks 34, Hooper 7, Ligon 7, Owens2.

Shaw (53)

Dawniqua Snead 23, Kayla Bonilla 12, Hammond 8, Johnson 6, Reed 4.

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