2006-02-23 / Sports

Lady Tigers’ great season ends as Social Circle wins 1st round

MARCIA WHIMBUSH MAKES A FADE-AWAY The Ladies stayed in the lead most of the game. MARCIA WHIMBUSH MAKES A FADE-AWAY The Ladies stayed in the lead most of the game. The fabulous turnaround season of the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers basketball team ended last Saturday when Social Circle rallied in the last quarter and ended up on top 54-63 in the first round of the Class A state playoffs.

The Tiger guns were hot and cold throughout the game as the girls jumped to an early lead but cooled to an almost dead heat at halftime. Leading throughout the third quarter W-W seemed on the road to a win but about halfway through the fourth, the Indians took the lead. The Lady Tigers couldn’t buy a bucket from then until the end and it looked like everything Social Circle threw up went in.

But the game was not without its positive points for the W-W girls. Jaleessa Hampton paced the Tigers with a game-high impressive 21 point performance and Carovita Hill finished her high school career with a 10-point game and lots of hustle.

Mawanua Ware had eight points but was plagued with foul trouble before finally fouling out early in the final period. Ashley Kearney showed signs of continued optimism for next season while adding seven points of her own. Diundra Doughty and Angel Acree each had four points in the game.

JALEESA HAMPTON GETS AN EASY LAYUP But Social Circle pulled ahead right at the end. JALEESA HAMPTON GETS AN EASY LAYUP But Social Circle pulled ahead right at the end. Tiger Head Coach Jackson Calhoun praised his opponent saying, “Social Circle had very balanced scoring, with four players in double figures and a fifth player adding nine points.

“The game did not finish as we wanted,” he continued, “but I am very proud of these girls. They have accomplished things that have been rare at this school and even a few things that had not been accomplished before at all.

“They came a long way together. We will miss this group of seniors, but they have able-bodied and talented underclassmen behind them. Next year we go to AA competition. There will be more good teams to play, but they will have one more good team to play when they see Washington-Wilkes on the schedule also.”

CAROVITA HILL DRIBBLES PAST SOCIAL CIRCLE She and the other seniors played their last game on Saturday. CAROVITA HILL DRIBBLES PAST SOCIAL CIRCLE She and the other seniors played their last game on Saturday.

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