Lady Knights down Locust Grove 42-34 for first victory of season

Wes McCard Sports Editor

December 7, 2013

The Lady Knights have played some good basketball this season, even though they entered Tuesday night’s region contest with Locust Grove without a victory. However, the Lady Knights had yet to put a complete game together. UL played well the second half against Taylor County, and played well for three quarters against Northside-Warner Robins, but lost both of those contests.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Knights played a more complete game, especially on the defense, limiting Locust Grove to just nine points in the first half of the game.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we were able to get a big region win,” said Lady Knights Head Coach Bart Phillips. “I thought we did some good things defensively, and we did just enough on offense to get the win. Hopefully we can get some momentum going into our games this weekend.”

Both teams struggled from the floor offensively in the first quarter, with each team only scoring five points. However, it was the Lady Knights’ defense which took over in the second quarter. Kiashona Carter and LaQuasha Hutcherson each applied tenacious ball pressure to the Lady Wildcats’ back court. The Lady Knights were able to get some steals which turned into fast break opportunities. Upson-Lee outscored Locust Grove 11-4 in the second quarter, and led the Lady Wildcats by a 16-9 score at halftime.

In the second half of the game, each team seemed to be a little more comfortable offensively. However, it was the Lady Knights ability to rebound the ball offensively and defensively which kept the Lady Wildcats at bay. UL senior Keondra Ausbrooks led the Lady Knights with nine rebounds in the contest.

Upson-Lee outscored Locust Grove 17-15 in the fourth quarter, preserving a 42-34 victory.

LaQuasha Hutcherson led the Lady Knights with 10 points, while Kiashona Carter netted nine points. To go along with her nine rebounds, Ausbrooks tallied eight points in the victory. Kia Willis finished with six points, Keera McMillion added five points, Kyjha Kendall scored three points, while Jacara Cherry chipped in with one point in the victory.

The Lady Knights will travel to face the Lady Eagles from Northside Warner-Robins tonight, and will host Taylor County tomorrow night. Last week Northside defeated Upson-Lee by a 50-46 score, and Taylor County defeated the Lady Knights by a 57-35 score.