Demopolis advances to regionals
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 16, 2007
DEMOPOLIS &045; In most basketball games, or almost all basketball games we look for teams to score and score often. Last night the Demopolis Lady Tigers defense stopped the Chelsea Lady Hornets, and stopped them often, on its way to a 48-19 win in the 5A state sub-regional match up.
The defense held Chelsea to just two points in the first quarter. They match the effort in the second quarter as well.
The Lady Tigers defense must remain in top form going into the regional quarterfinals. Their opponent will be the Jess Lanier Lady Tigers, who are ranked at No. 5 in the state.
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In its, sub-regional contest Demopolis scored seven unanswered points to start the game and led 11-2 after the first quarter of play. The Lady Tigers put the game away in the second quarter, causing havoc to the Lady Hornet offense. Demopolis dropped in 17 point in the quarter, while holding Chelsea scoreless for five and a half minutes, including the last four minutes of the first quarter. The Lady Hornets got its second bucket of the game at the 3:38 mark of the second quarter. Demopolis led at the half, 28-4.
In the second half, Coach Pittman got the opportunity to get in some playing time for his eighth and ninth players off the bench. He also was able to run some additional offensive plays. He emptied his bench with less than three minutes left in the game.
Nine of the Demopolis players got in the scoring column. Kiarra Plaskett netted nine points, while Aleisha Arnold and Jasmine Simmon contributed eight points each.
The Lady Tigers (21-4) move on to Alabama State’s Acudome in Montgomery for the state regionals. Tip-off is set for Monday at 3:30 p.m. against Jess Lanier of Bessemer.