On senior night this past Wednesday at Spring Hill Gymnasium, the Spring Hill Lady Bears were victorious in their final home game of the regular season over the visiting Lafayette County Lady Bears 61-36.
On senior night this past Wednesday at Spring Hill Gymnasium, the Spring Hill Lady Bears were victorious in their final home game of the regular season over the visiting Lafayette County Lady Bears 61-36. The Lady Bears victory clinch the conference title once again to earn the No. 1 seed heading into the 7-2A East Sr. Girls District Tournament for 2018. The win also produced the Lady Bears to go unbeaten at home for this entire 2017-18 season to roll onto a six-game winning streak improving to 22-3 overall.
The Lady Bears jumped out to the early lead advantage in first quarter play that saw them finish opening period play taking an 22-5 surge over the Lady Cougars. The senior load of Claire Chamblesss, Maegan Ward, Jessi Park posting consecutive baskets with a downtown trifecta from behind the arc by Maleigh Moore led the Lady Bears to the 11-2 advantage in the first period. Katie Rivera completed the three-point play, with senior Christy Randle, Daniela Buzo contributing buckets to provide an 17 point lead going into the second quarter.
In the second, the Lady Bears added six points scored with Park, Buzo and Rivera all scoring a bucket apiece. The Lady Cougars won the scoring battle in the period dropping 11 points on the scoreboard, but the Lady Bears maintained the lead with an 28-16 halftime advantage over LC.
In the third, the Lady Bears outscored LC 16-10, with Spring Hill taking the 44-26 lead to end three periods of play. In the fourth, the Lady Bears dropped 17 points through the basket with the Lady Cougars posting 10 points scored in the finale period. In the end, the Lady Bears pulled away for the 25 point victory to sweep the conference series meeting over the Lady Cougars.
For the game, Lady Bears' Rivera led scoring with 16 points with one trey from behind the arc for double-figures. Randle posted seven points, Park had six points as well as Moore with two trey's. Ward, Nika Carstens (one trey) and Leticia Bengoechea (one trey) each finished with five points apiece, Chambless and Buzo each had four points apiece and Graycee Barham added three points for a variety of scoring contributions.
For Lafayette County, Naija White led scoring with 12 points and Kaleria Cunningham scored 10 points for double-figures.
The Lady Bears complete league season play unbeaten in conference game play to add more title accolades for their program under head coach Roy Whatley going into the district tournament as the defending champs which begins next week Feb. 15-17 hosted at Parkers Chapel.