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Lady Warriors open tournament with win

Posted: December 29, 2013 - 1:08am
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Grovetown's Leah Ferguson drives past Butler's Tabitha Dailey (left) and D'Asia Miller on her way to the basket during the Monterrey Christmas Tournament at Evans High School.   Photos by Jim Blaylock
Photos by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown's Leah Ferguson drives past Butler's Tabitha Dailey (left) and D'Asia Miller on her way to the basket during the Monterrey Christmas Tournament at Evans High School.

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Going almost a week without a game, the Grovetown High School girls basketball team showed little rust Thursday morning.

Playing in the 10 a.m. game to start the Evans High School Monterrey Christmas Tournament, the Lady Warriors trailed Butler just momentarily before they rolled to a 63-29 win.

Mackenzie Holmes sank a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game for the Lady Bulldogs (1-3), but the Lady Warriors responded with 3-pointers by Alayah Canteen and Leah Ferguson to take the lead for good.

With the win, Grovetown ran its record to 9-3 and were set to face the Lakeside-Statesboro winner Friday afternoon.

Leah Ferguson scored 10 of her 12 points in the first quarter as the Lady Warriors built a 20-6 advantage, but by game’s end it was Kwajelin Farrar who led the Lady Warriors with a game-high 23 points.

“I think Kwajelin became our fifth or sixth leading scorer this year,” said Lady Warriors’ coach Jaime Echols, who thought his team played well. “We were looking for the post and making good passes, so hopefully we’ll come out tomorrow and play well.”

The Lady Warriors were looking for the best shot available throughout the morning and finished with 15 assists on their 24 baskets.

Farrar said the unselfishness is a mindset they have.

“We had to really work towards it,” Farrar said. “It’s a group effort and we know that.”

Naomi Hughes finished with eight points, Elizabeth Metress drained two 3-pointers for her six points and Maggie Haney finished with six as well for the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Warriors led by as many as 30 in the second quarter before the Lady Bulldogs scored the last three points of the half, going into the locker room down 40-13. The Lady Bulldogs scored the first two points of the second half but the Lady Warriors would quickly build the lead back to over 30 points for the rest of the game.

The Lady Bulldogs De’Ariel Walker led the team with 14 points.

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