Lady Jaguars stand alone in first
Overhills claimed sole possession of first place in the Cape Fear Valley Conference’s girls basketball race Friday night with a 44-36 win over visiting Southern Lee.
The Lady Cavaliers (7-9, 4-1) and Lady Jaguars (9-5, 5-0) were tied atop the conference beginning the night. Southern Lee forced a bunch of Overhills’ turnovers in the opening half and led 21-14 at the break before the Lady Jaguars found their offensive rhythm in the second half.
Ge’Naisha Robinson led the Lady Jaguars with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals and Jaylen Smalls, after a scoreless first half, hit four jumpers and totaled nine points in the second half as part of the Lady Jaguar turnaround.
As has been the case in a number of games this season, even in the midst of the Lady Cavs winning seven of their last 10 games before Friday night’s road test, Southern Lee senior leader Brianna Taylor found herself in foul trouble in the first half.
Drawing the defensive assignment versus Robinson took its toll. A Robinson three-point play on a drive along the baseline was also Taylor’s second foul at the 4:12 mark of the first period.
The Lady Cavaliers, showing some experience they’ve gained through the first half of the season, more than hung in the game during the stretches with Taylor sitting.
With Taylor back in for most of the second period, the Lady Cavaliers finished the half with a 13-0 run. Jordanna Kalkhof and Deshele Sumpter hit three-pointers in the rally. Taylor made a driving hoop down the paint for a 16-14 Lady Cavalier lead. Another Sumpter triple, as she spotted up off a Cavalier fast break, made it 21-14.
Southern Lee, with a patient offense, held to the slim lead through the third quarter and into the first part of the fourth.
Smalls made jump shots on back-to-back Jaguar possessions to make it 29-29 with 5:45 and counting. After the sides traded defensive stops, Jasmine King scored a three-point play off an offensive board putting Overhills up 32-29 with 4:00 left.
The Lady Jaguars pulled away from there. Two consecutive Southern Lee turnovers led to two Jaguar breaks and three points for a 39-32 Overhills lead counting down toward two minutes left.
After losing 14 turnovers in the opening half, Overhills committed two turnovers in the second half.
Taylor and Kalkhof led Southern Lee with nine points each. Sumpter and Ashley Owens led the Lady Cavaliers with five rebounds each.
Overhills goes on the road for another CFVC game Tuesday night at Douglas Byrd. Southern Lee will host Gray’s Creek in a CFVC game Tuesday night.