Girls Hoops: TA falls to CCA 52-38

Chula-  John O’Brien has a young Tiftarea Academy team in Chula. Sporting two Juniors and no Seniors, its safe to say the Lady Panthers are learning every game in their non-region schedule. Playing their second game of the season, the Lady Panthers hosted Citizens Christian Lady Patriots. The Lady Patriots defeated TA 52-38, but the Lady Panthers continued to grow.

The Lady Panthers would start the game fairly even with CCA, with the Lady Patriots ahead 9-7 at the end of the 1st. CCA would extend that lead by 3 to pull ahead 22-17 at the break. Macy Strenth had 8 of her 11 points in the first half, keeping Tiftarea in the hunt. For CCA, Kyndal Day led with 7 of her 10 in the first half of the game. CCA also hit 7 of 11 attempted free throws to garner the lead.

Macy Paulk shoots from the foul line in the second half. Paulk finished with a team high 11 points. Photo: Jessica  Peters/SGSN

Macy Paulk shoots from the foul line in the second half. Paulk finished with a team high 11 points. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

After the break, TA came out hot and outscored CCA 13-11, drawing within three as the quarter ended, 33-30. But CCA had a hidden jewel in Mallory Walters. Walters finished with 7 points, all in the 4th period, as CCA went on a 19-8 run. Most of the 4th Quarter points came from the floor, but both teams left scores at the charity
stripe. Neither team shot well at the line, but CCA managed to hit 5 of their 12 (42%) attempts. TA shot just 2 for 9 (22 %) from the line, and couldn’t bite into the lead.

CCA was led by Loryn Brown with 14 points, Kyndal Day with 10, and Chloe Vickers, who finished with 9 points in the contest. For TA in the losing effort, Macy Paulk
and Macy Strenth (both sophomores) led with 11 points apiece, while Erin Register finished with 8 points.

Tiftarea falls to 0-2 on the season, and will be off Thanksgiving week, playing again on Dec 2nd when Southwest Georgia Academy comes to Chula. Game time is 6:30PM. CCA will take to the hardwood again Dec. 4th, facing off with Valwood in Douglas. Game time is 6:00PM.

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