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Grovetown girls win Class AAAAA state playoff opener

Grovetown girls 72, Camden County 25

Posted: February 17, 2016 - 11:51am
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Grovetown's Ayana Collins drives to the basket against Camden County's Jessie Beck in the first half of the Lady Warriors' first-round win.  Chris Gay/Staff
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Grovetown's Ayana Collins drives to the basket against Camden County's Jessie Beck in the first half of the Lady Warriors' first-round win.

Kwajelin Farrar and her Grovetown teammates discussed their first-round state tournament opponent, and they made sure not to take them lightly.

Farrar and Destiny Marshall combined for 42 points as the Lady Warriors jumped on Camden County early in a 75-25 victory Tuesday night in the first round of the Class AAAAA Tournament.

"We had a long talk about how all the teams here are here for a reason," Farrar said. "They play hard and work hard, and that means we have to. We knew from the get-go we have to play hard, so we did."

Grovetown (28-1), the Region 2-AAAAA champion, advances to play host to Mays in the second round Friday night. The time is yet to be determined.

Camden County (19-10) entered scoring 44 or fewer points four of the previous five contests. The Lady Wildcats posted its fewest points in a game this season, recording just seven field goals.

Camden County was outscored by Grovetown's Marshall, who posted 26 points in three quarters. Farrar chipped in with 16 points, while Zakira Goldsberry added 13 and Daylon Young 11.
The game was over early, because of a relentless Grovetown team that dominated inside the paint and seemed to grab every loose ball. The Lady Warriors scored the first two points of the game before Destiny Lucas grabbed an offensive rebound and dished to Marshall for a jumper.

After another missed Grovetown shot, Lucas grabbed the ball falling out of bounds, finding Ferrar for a layup. That 6-0 lead turned into a 16-4 advantage after the first quarter.

The Lady Warriors led by 29 at intermission, a lead the could've been much more had Grovetown shot better at the free-throw line. The Lady Warriors finished the contest 13 for 27 at the foul stripe.

"We've probably spent more time on that this year than ever," Echols said. "Hopefully, it'll come around. We'll keep shooting."

Echols pulled all his starters in or after the third quarter. Yet, the intensity remained on the court.
"The thing I'm most proud of is we're up by 50 with a minute left and we still have kids diving for balls," Echols said. "That's the mind-set we've got to have."

 

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