In perhaps their toughest game of the season, the Lady Knights (5-10, 3-6) never had much of a chance from the start in their battle against the No. 7 state-ranked Jonesboro Lady Cardinals (14-4, 9-1).
Jonesboro used a 1-2-1-1 full court press to frustrate Upson-Lee, as the Lady Knights suffered six turnovers in the first two minutes of the game. Upson-Lee found themselves down 17-3 after the first quarter of play, eventually falling to the Lady Cards by a 67-28 score.
“They set the tone from the beginning,” said Lady Knights head coach Bart Phillips. “We knew coming into the game and this season that they were perhaps the best team in the region. We were just unable to get anything going offensively, and we struggled to contain them.”
After trailing 17-3 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Knights played their best basketball of the game in the second period. Upson-Lee held the Lady Cardinals to only 12 points in the quarter, but Upson-Lee only scored 11 points. The Lady Knight continued to have problems with the Jonesboro full court pressure, and trailed the Lady Cardinals 29-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter of play, Jonesboro continue to turn up their intensity, defensively shutting the Lady Knights down. However, the Lady Cards began to score at will offensively, putting up 32 points on the Lady Knights in the period. At the end of the third quarter Upson-Lee trailed 61-24, as Jonesboro cruised to a 67-28 victory.
Tykeela Gray paced the Lady Knights with seven points. Demeshia Russell and Kenya Harris each tallied six points, Jasmine Davis added five points, while Kiashona Carter and Quasha Hutcherson each chipped in with two points.
The Lady Knights will travel to Griffin tonight to take on the Lady Jaguars from Spalding County. The Lady Jags are coming off a tough 53-38 loss to North Clayton on Tuesday night. This is an all important game for both teams. Upson-Lee has three region victories, while the Lady Jags have two region victories. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.