With a 3-15 record, it’s been a tough season so far for the Lady Knights basketball team. To make matter worse the Lady Knights have lost eight of their 15 games by seven points or less. Over the weekend the Lady Knights suffered two more losses in games which they had chances to win. On Friday night Upson-Lee lost to Riverdale by a 35-29 score, and on Saturday they suffered a tough loss to Lamar County by a 40-36 score.
In Friday’s contest in Riverdale, it was the Lady Knights offense which struggled. The Lady Knights only allowed 18 points in the first half of the game. Unfortunately the Lady Knights only scored three points in the first quarter and eight points in the half.
Riverdale seemed to be one of the few teams the Lady Knights have played this season which could match Upson-Lee’s size down in the post. The Lady Raiders used their size in the paint to take a 28-16 lead at the end of three quarters. However, in the fourth quarter the Lady Knights mounted a comeback. UL junior Kiashona Carter scored seven of her team high 10 points in the fourth quarter, as Upson-Lee cut the Lady Raiders lead to 31-29.
Unfortunately, Riverdale was able to run out the clock and knock down a few free throws to earn the 35-29 victory. Carter paced Upson-Lee with 10 points. Lady Knights freshman Kyjha Kendall added seven points and 12 rebounds, Laquasha Hutcherson added six points, Keera McMillion scored four points, and Kia Willis chipped in with two points in the defeat.
On Saturday night, the Lady Knights looked to pick up another victory over the Lamar County Lady Trojans. Last week the Lady Knights defeated Lamar County by 41-39 score. In that game, the Lady Knights jumped out to an early lead which they lost in the third quarter, but they were able to come back and earn the victory in the final seconds of the game. In this game it was Lamar County who came out with a big lead, and the Lady Knight who had to rally. However, Upson-Lee shot only 11 of 27 from the free throw line, leading to a 40-36 loss.
Once again Kiashona Carter paced the Lady Knights with 16 points, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. Laquasha Hutcherson added six points, while Alexus Holston and Kia Willis each scored four points. Kyjha Kendall, Jaleesa Gibson, and Keera McMillion all chipped in with two points each in the loss.
The Lady Knights will welcome the Lady Cardinals from Jonesboro (9-7, 6-1) to the ULHS gymnasium tonight. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.