In the first round of the state 2AA playoffs, the Metter Lady Tigers had to travel to Augusta on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Winning state two years ago and losing in the semi-finals last year to Douglass out of Atlanta, Laney was expected to be a tough opponent. Laney finished their regular season 26-2 and perfect in their Region 4AA at 16-0.
The Lady Tigers knew they had their work cut out for them. Despite the Lady Tigers giving it their all, they fell to Laney by a score of 77-30.
Score by quarters
Leading the Tigers in the first round of state was sophomore Tamira Walker with 9 points and 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Next, senior Shay Johnson had 8 points and 1 rebound and added 1 steal. Senior Parijia Mincey had 5 points going 1 for 1 from the free-throw line and added 6 rebounds.
Sophomore Nia Forbes was next with 4 points and had 1 rebound. Junior DeAyshia Gordon had no points but grabbed 6 rebounds, while junior Morgan Aldrich had 2 points and a couple of great assists and added 4 rebounds.
Chauree Smith had 2 points in the 2nd quarter and had 3 rebounds. Sophomore Ja'Khia Edenfield played great deny defense and had 2 big rebounds. Ralkeria Williamson had 2 rebounds but managed no points.
Too many turnovers (45 total) against an aggressive pressing defense played a major part in the loss against such a caliber of a team as Laney. The Lady Tigers still managed to accumulate 34 rebounds against their two most competitive and athletic players.
For the season, the Lady Tigers finished 4th in Region 2AA. They played a total of 30 games and finished with a record of 11-19 overall.
This was the last varsity game for two Lady Tiger seniors, Parijia Mincey and Shay Johnson.