The overwhelming Washington County press – and Allisha Gray – hasn’t been stopped yet.
The Lady Hawks basketball team harried Hephzibah and hustled to create turnovers for an 83-50 win Friday at Josey in a Region 3-AAA Tournament semifinal. The Lady Hawks face Westside for the region title tonight.
“We’ll adjust from day-to-day. We’ll never throw the same thing at you,” Washington County coach Sug Parker said about the press.
The defending Class AAA state champions scored the first eight points and were up 20 at the half as they defeated the Lady Rebels for the third time this season.
Gray was unstoppable, creating space underneath on layups after turnovers and getting fouled on other trips inside. She scored 13 points in the first quarter and finished with 36.
But with the pressure forcing turnovers and Gray getting attention, other Lady Hawks had their chances to score. Three other players finished in double figures, including Shonterria Kitchens (15), Kala Brown (12) and Tierra Murray (10).
In the second period, Brown showed nice touch after receiving a pass and then completed a fastbreak after another Lady Rebels turnover. Brown and Kitchens also kept possessions alive with offensive rebounds.
“Our young kids got nervous,” Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton said. “But this will make us better.”
Washington County (26-0)
also made sure to limit Tiffani Harrison’s scoring.
The senior was held to nine points. She did, however, surpass the 1,500-point mark for her career.
Teammate Shanice Williams led Hephzibah with 12 points, though half of her points came after the Lady Hawks had already pushed their lead to more than 30.
Washington County can extend its win streak to 59 with a win in tonight’s championship game.
“For me, and even for the girls, our focus isn’t on the streak,” Parker said. “It’s staying on the goals. (Tonight) is definitely a big goal for us.”