Lady Jackets stung by defeat

Watch highlights of the class AAAA playoff game between North Augusta and Spartanburg girls.

Sydnei Moss had a career night on Friday by dipping, ducking and dishing the ball through the Spartanburg defense.


She just wishes it didn't come in the last game of her prep career.

In a topsy-turvy contest, North Augusta battled through a tense final two minutes before falling to Spartanburg, 56-53, in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

After fouling out with 11.3 seconds left, Moss could only watch as fellow senior Sarah Meyer's last-gasp 3-pointer was partially blocked at the final whistle.

"We played so hard. We gave it everything, so we're not disappointed," said Moss, who finished with 25 points, nearly half of her team's total.

The loss brought on tears for Meyer, whose career ended with the loss. She knew how much the potential her team had to continue in the playoffs.

"It was our final home game either way, so we had so much support in the crowd tonight," said Meyer, who finished with 12 points. "They really came alive and helped us in the fourth quarter."

North Augusta coach Faye Norris said the defeat was the first at home for the Lady Jackets in two seasons.

During the third quarter, it appeared the Lady Jackets had completely stolen the game's momentum.

Coming back from a 38-30 halftime deficit, North Augusta used a 19-4 run late in the third and into the fourth quarter to take a 49-46 edge. Moss notched eight of the 19 points to spark the comeback.

But the Lady Vikings fought back, taking advantage of a dominant performance in the paint from Tierra Young and confident ball-handling down the stretch.

In the season-ending defeat, the Yellow Jackets' seniors accounted for 48 of the team's 53 points on the night.