Demopolis varsity teams split with Sumter-Central
Published 10:37 pm Friday, January 20, 2012
The Lady Tigers (15-6) held off a late Sumter-Central surge despite a poor fourth quarter to win 42-39 Friday night.
Playing its third game in four nights, Demopolis showed signs of fatigue in the fourth quarter. That fatigue had its greatest impact on the offensive end, where the Lady Tigers did not score a point until halfway through the game’s final frame.
After trailing 20-19 at halftime, the Lady Tigers stifled the Jaguars on defense in the third period, holding the Lady Jaguars to five points in the frame and hanging 16 of their own.
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But the Lady Tigers appeared destined be shut out in the fourth quarter until Tee Perkins drained a three-poitner from the right wing.
Sumter-Central whittled away at the Demopolis lead, giving itself an opportunity with only 2.9 seconds to go when it made a layup to cut the deficit to 40-39. The Lady Jag shooter was fouled on the play, going to the line with a chance to tie the game. Her charity shot missed, all but icing the win for Demopolis.
Megan Smith went on to add a pair of free throws for the Lady Tigers to polish off the win.
Perkins scored five of her team high 10 points in the game’s final frame. Jonniece Collins and Damekeia Marshall each added nine points for the Lady Tigers. Smith had six and Catrina Benison finished the night with five.
Laneisha Brown led Sumter with 17 points, including five three pointers.
Sumter-Central 64, Demopolis 58
A career game for Mike Scott was not enough to hold off an athletic Sumter-Central team Friday as the Tigers lost at home 64-58.
Demopolis came out of the gate intent on winning the game from the arc. The strategy proved sound for the Tigers in the first quarter as they outpaced Sumter-Central 20-12 in the game’s opening frame. Scott started the night off hot, scoring 12 points in the first quarter.
Demopolis held its advantage through the second quarter, carrying a 34-28 lead into half. Scott fueled the first half offense with 24 points, including seven three-pointers. The occasion marked the second time this season Scott made seven threes in the first half of a contest.
But Demopolis proved unable to continue the pace in the second half as the Jaguars honed in on Scott and the Tigers’ other shooters were unable to cash in on their best looks.
Scott finished the game with 32 points, including nine three-point buckets. Roderick Davis added nine points for the Tigers.