Lady Panthers earn another district win

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Lady Panthers of Yazoo County High School brought home another conference win last Friday after defeating the Magee Lady Trojans 65-49.

This improves the Yazoo County Girls' record to 8-11 for the season, and 3-1 in district.

Before the game started, Coach Christine Demus said the plan for the Lady Panther was to fix weak spots on their defense and run a press on the opponent.

This plan seemed to work well in the first half as the Lady Panthers ran circles around the Lady Trojans.  Led by Jordan Scott and Akeriunna Frierson on offense, the Yazoo County girls outscored the Magee girls17-4 in the first quarter, and were leading 36-16 by half time.

During the halftime break, Demus said that she took the time to remind the girls of the goals they wanted to accomplish in this game.

"I told them to just hold where we were, and to be sure that we were shifting correctly in the press," she said. "And I told them to work on slowing down offensively.  That's mainly it, and just to finish the game on a strong note."

As the Lady Panthers stepped out onto the court for the 3rd quarter, Demus was making plans to rotate in some of her younger players to get more experience on the court.  The County girls continued to make an impact on the Lady Trojans, and closed out the 3rd quarter leading 51-29.

With such a strong lead, Demus rotated in more of her younger players, but it seemed as though the game plan started to unravel.

"The second half did not go as well as the first," she said. "We kind of went away from the game plan, which was to press. We played them a little bit of man-to-man defense, and for some reason we went away from the original game plan."

It was in the 4th quarter that some of the Magee girls got a second wind on their offense, and ended up scoring 20 points before the final buzzer. 

"I was trying to get the younger girls some experience," she said. "But I know next time to look at a different rotation whenever I am subbing the kids in and out of games."

Demus added that the performance in this game was less than she had hoped for, especially after such a great win over McLaurin a few days before.

"We were actually coming off of a 74 point win, which is a season high," she said. "We scored 74 points against McLaurin and held them to 32 points, which was pretty decent.  I guess you could say that I expected more from the girls in this game."

Demus said that the highlight of this game was that every one of her players got the chance to play in the game and gain more experience on the court.

Standing out on offense in this game was Jordan Scott with 19 points for the Lady Panthers, and Akeriunna Frierson who also had 19.  Niya Frierson scored 8 points for the team, and Chloe Edwards finished with 7.

"Akeriunna has been on fire for the last few games on offense and on defense," Demus said. "And Alex Carter, who is a 9th grader, she also did a great job defensively."

Going Forward, Demus said that the Lady Panthers have more work to do in practice to prepare for upcoming games against Crystal Springs and St. Andrews this week.