Lady Tigers prepare for state playoffs

Tamira Walker lines up a shot against Bryan County.

The Lady Tigers ended their regular season with an overall record of 9-16 and a region record of 5-11. The Lady Tigers hosted the region tournament beginning on Feb. 4.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., the Lady Tigers opened up with the Lady Saints from St. Vincent’s out of Savannah, the #6 seed. 

After splitting in the regular season, the Lady Tigers were up for the task, entering the game as the #7 seed. After the dust settled at the end of the 1st quarter, Metter up 15-11. 

Playing better defense in the 2nd quarter, Metter led at the half 31-16. In the 3rd quarter, refusing to go away quietly, the Lady Saints outscored the Lady Tigers by 2 points and narrowed the lead to 13 when the 4th started. 

With both teams still playing hard, the Lady Tigers were able to finish in style and the game ended 52-38.

Score by quarters

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Metter 151613852

St. Vincent11515738

Leading the charge for the Lady Tigers was Tamira Walker with her 4th double-double. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds, adding 2 steals.  Shay Johnson had 13 points, 3 steals and a block. 

Atlantis Roundtree tossed in 6 points with 9 key rebounds and 2 steals. Ja’Khia Edenfield popped two 3-pointers in the first half for 6 points and added 3 rebounds. DeAyshia Gordon had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot. Morgan Aldrich had 5 key rebounds and Chauree Smith had 3. 

Parijia Mincey and Hagan Guiff had 2 rebounds each.

After winning Tuesday’s game versus St. Vincent’s the Lady Tigers were slated to play the #3 seed, Woodville-Tompkins. Having lost two regular-season games to them, the Lady Tigers knew their work was cut out for them. 

One seasonal goal was to make it to state playoffs, and it was going to take one more win to reach it.

Coming out in the first quarter seemingly playing hard the Lady Tigers found themselves down 22-9 when it was over. Knowing what was at stake, Metter dug deep and began fighting back, and at the end of the half, they trailed by only 7 points (28-21). 

Trailing by as much as 15 points earlier in the game, the Lady Tigers kept building their confidence and the comeback was on. Starting the 3rd quarter, shots started falling and hard defense ensued as the Lady Tigers closed the deficit to 4 by its end, 40-36. 

Showing their intent, the 4th quarter was key and the Lady Tigers outscored the Wolverines 19-9 and won the game by 6.

Score by quarters

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Metter 912151955

Woodville22612949

Leading the Lady Tigers to state playoffs and regional semi-finals was Shay Johnson with a career-high 34 points. She also led the team with 8 rebounds. 

Tamira Walker had 12 points, 4 rebounds and a block. Ja’Khia Edenfield hit a 3rd quarter 3 and had 7 big rebounds and a block. Parijia Mincey had 2 points and 6 key rebounds. Morgan Aldrich and Raldaiha Scott had 2 points each and played outstanding defense. Aldrich also grabbed 3 defensive boards. Almost all players entered the game, and it was definitely a team effort.

After winning the first two rounds of the 2AA Region Tournament, the Lady Tigers played the #2 seed Bryan County in the semi-final. One minute into the game, four-year starter Shay Johnson went down with a shoulder injury after being knocked to the floor. 

She scored 34 versus Woodville Tompkins, the #3 seed and helped beat them by six on Wednesday. Her offensive play was sorely missed in this game. 

Even with several players stepping up, the Lady Tigers couldn’t stop the onslaught of their number 12 who had 7 three-pointers in the game. Outscoring Bryan 14-2 in the final quarter cut the deficit, but the Lady Tigers would still fall 54-32.

Score by quarters

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Metter 3781432

Bryan Co.191815254

Leading Metter in Game 3 of the tournament was Tamira Walker with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Next, Ja'Khia Edenfield had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Chauree Smith, Raldaisha Scott and Parijia Mincey had 2 points each. Mincey had 4 rebounds, Scott had 3 and Smith had 2.

Morgan Aldrich went 1 for 2 from the free-throw line and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ralkeria Williamson had 1 point going 1 for 2 from the free-throw line and grabbed 3 rebounds. 

Atlantis Roundtree didn't score but tied for high rebounder for the game with 5. DeAyshia Gordon had 3 key rebounds.

The loss put Metter in the consolation game battling for 3rd place in the region for state playoff seeding. Vidalia girls beat Jeff Davis in the semi-finals and set the other team to play at 2 p.m. in the consolation game against the Lady Tigers on Saturday Feb. 8.

Again, playing in the consolation game without the #2 guard would prove difficult. Pulling together and showing some spunk, the Lady Tigers played hard and lost by 3. The final score was 35-32.

Score by quarters

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Metter 5810932

Jeff Davis81112435

Leading in scoring for the Lady Tigers were Tamira Walker with 17 points, DeAyshia Gordon with 5 points, Atlantis Roundtree with 4 points and Chauree Smith, Raldaisha Scott and Parijia Mincey with 2 points each. 

Leading rebounders were Tamira Walker with 9, Atlantis Roundtree with 6, Parijia Mincey with 5, DeAyshia Gordon and Chauree Smith with 4 each and Raldaisha Scott and Ja’Khia Edenfield with 2 each. Raldaisha Scott and DeAyshia Gordon had 2 steals each. DeAyshia Gordon also had a block shot.

Probably the most exciting game of the girls’ tournament was the championship game. The Vidalia and Bryan County game went into double overtime before the champion could be determined. After several girls fouled out, Vidalia became the 2019-20 Region 2AA Champion.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Augusta to play #1 seed Laney from Region 4AA in a bid for the state title. That game will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

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