Tifton Gazette

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December 1, 2012

Lady Patriots defeat Tift

TIFTON — The Tift County Lady Devils ran into a tough group of Westover Lady Patriots and were defeated 44-26 Saturday night.

The Lady Devils would strike the game’s first blow with a free throw, but Westover would quickly take the lead on back-to-back three-pointers by M. Smith. Tift would battle back. Brakia Bateman would have nine points in the period, but at the horn, they trailed, 12-10.

The second quarter would be all Lady Patriots. They Lady Devils would muster only a single bucket against an oppressive defense. Taking keen advantage of second chance baskets, Westover would go on a tear, extending an 18-12 lead midway through the second to a 16-point lead at the half, 28-12.

Proving their second quarter was no fluke, Westover came out on fire in the third. The Lady Devils were able to get some of their own offense rolling, but were still outscored by five. This allowed the Lady Pats to extend their lead at the break to 43-22.

After two frantic quarters, the action noticeably slowed down in the fourth, Westover even moving into a stall offense. Tift would win the scoring battle, 4-1, but it was too late and Westover held on, 44-26.

Smith of Westover led all scorers with 23, having accounted for 14 in the first half.  Moore also added 23 for the Lady Patriots. Tift County was led by Bateman, who finished with 10 and Alexis Johnson, who had nine.

As of the press time, the boys game between Tift County and Westover was still ongoing.

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