Lady Cavs beat Lee County, 40-32
A lot has changed for Southern Lee’s girls’ basketball squad in a season’s time. New players, returning players in more key roles and a new coach are to name a few.
When an important game was in the balance Saturday night though, against county rival Lee County, an experienced Lady Cavalier led the way. Senior point guard Brianna Taylor scored all six points for the Lady Cavs in their fourth quarter, and more importantly took safe care of the ball and the clock, as Southern Lee won round one of the county rivalry for the season, 40-32.
Overall, it was far from Taylor’s best night in her long Lady Cavalier career. She scored only four points, going 2-for-8 at the foul line along the way, in the first half. Taylor and the Lady Cavs lost 25 turnovers on the night.
Holding a slim lead throughout the last eight minutes, the Lady Cavs ran a four-corner offense to keep their lead safe. When the chance presented itself, Taylor drove down the lane, tossed a lay-up off the glass and in, and kept the Yellow Jackets at bay.
The host Jackets had the opening surge of the night. Allie Eyers canned back-to-back three-pointers for a 10-4 Lee lead.
The Lady Cavs answered from behind the arc. Jordanna Kalkhof hit two three-pointers and Erin Pickens hit one from the corner at the horn giving the Cavs a 15-12 lead after a period.
Southern Lee used a 7-0 run, with Pickens scoring five points in the run, to take a 23-14 lead. Lee County answered with a 7-0 run, and De’ja Bland scoring three baskets in the rally, to make it 23-21. Southern Lee led 25-21 at the half.
It took three minutes to get a field goal after the half but another Kalkhof three-pointer put the Cavs up 29-21.
The Lady Jackets cut the lead down to three late in the third. Back-to-back hoops, by Bland and Ally Davis, got Lee County within a 34-30 Southern edge early in the fourth.
The next two Cavalier possessions, which took quite a bit of time off the clock, ended with Taylor going down the lane and scoring, rebuilding the Cavalier lead to 38-30.
Taylor finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Pickens added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Bland led Lee County with 11 points. Quitta Wilson scored eight points.
The Lady Cavaliers (2-6) return to Cape Fear Valley play hosting Westover Tuesday at 6 p.m. Southern Lee started its conference play with a 32-26 win at Western Harnett last Tuesday.
Lee County (2-4, 0-3) has two Tri-Nine games coming up this week; a trip to Cary Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start and a home game versus Panther Creek Thursday.