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Sanders’ heroics lifts Stockbridge

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Henry County sophomore Jill Gillard (44) tries to defend Drew’s Precious Person on a shot in the first half of the teams’ Region 4-AAA game. Person, a Rutgers signee, finished with 33 points in the Lady Titans’ 63-42 win.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Henry County sophomore Jill Gillard (44) tries to defend Drew’s Precious Person on a shot in the first half of the teams’ Region 4-AAA game. Person, a Rutgers signee, finished with 33 points in the Lady Titans’ 63-42 win.

Amlin Sanders described herself as a shooter, but she wasn’t sure that her final shot of the game was going to go in.

Sanders received a pass on the right side of the court and let heave a 3-pointer.

As the shot went through the net, it gave the Lady Tigers a 54-51 win at Eagle’s Landing to cap a late come-from-behind victory.

Stockbridge was down by 10 points with 3:53 remaining, but made a comeback for the Region 4-AAA win. The Lady Tigers improved to 6-13 overall and 5-7 in the region. Eagle’s Landing dropped to 1-12 and 1-6.

“I was really nervous about that shot,” Sanders said. “I really didn’t think it was going in, but I’m a shooter so I had to take the shot.”

Sanders and Miracle Johnson finished with 16 points each to lead Stockbridge. Kaylen McKinney had a game-high 20 points for Eagle’s Landing, which also got 18 points from Makalah Joseph.

“We have been struggling this season,” Stockbridge coach Tyecia Powell said. “This is a big win for us.”

Westlake (girls) 59, Luella 46

Aisha Turner scored 35 points Friday to lead the winners.

Luella spent the entire game playing catch-up after falling behind big early. Westlake led 23-5 after one quarter and 37-17 at halftime.

“We were out of rhythm, put out of sync,” Luella coach Eddie Pratt said.

Luella pulled to within 47-34 after three quarters, but Turner, a Clemson commitment, helped keep Westlake on top.

Terri Jacobs led Luella with 17 points and Britney Guy added 16.

“Terri played hard and Brianna Moore played hard, but we’ve got to find the rest of the team,” said Pratt, whose team dropped to 16-5 and 7-3 in Region 2-AAAAA.

Westlake, which avenged an earlier loss at Luella, improved to 16-4 and 8-2 in the region.

Drew (girls) 63, Henry County 40

Rutgers signee Precious Person had a game-high 33 points to lead the No. 10 Titans to the Region 4-AAA win.

Drew’s full-court pressure defense was too much for the Lady Hawks to handle in the first half as it lead 26-4 after the first quarter. Henry County would go on an 8-0 run to begin the second quarter, but Person would seven of the team’s 14 points to build a 40-16 halftime lead.

Henry County was led by guard Kiana Coleman, who finished with 18 points. The Lady Hawks are 7-13 overall and 6-5 in the region.

“We need to work on our defensive intensity,” Henry County coach Carl Caputa said. “We’re not an excuse-laden team, but we are a young team and had a hard time with (Drew’s) press."

Griffin (girls) 55, Ola 52

Taylor Anderson had 15 points and Jordan Brown and Laura Carter scored 11 each to lead the Lady Mustangs, who dropped to 10-14 overall and 2-9 in Region 3-AAAA, Div. A.

Ola (boys) 33, Griffin 31

Andrew Caldwell scored 10 points to lead the Mustangs to the road victory.

Dutchtown (girls) 52, Union Grove 25

Dominique Clune scored 11 points and teammates Deundria Clark and Kivanna Kudratt had nine points each in the subregion win. The Lady Bulldogs played most of the fourth quarter with substitutes.