Girls Hoops: Tift rebounds from losses, Defeats Fitz 67-52

Tifton – Julie Conner’s Lady Devils squad wanted to rebound from a rough weekend in Albany last weekend, as they played host to the Fitzgerald Lady Canes. This was the second meeting between the two teams, as Tift hosted the Zaxby’s Thanksgiving Classic, and defeated the Lady Canes 58-39.  Earl Brown’s squad has been ready to hit the hardwood, but the post-season football suspended the basketball season.  Playing Tift for the second regular season, the Lady Canes were 1-1, having beat region foe Berrien. 

Monieha Goldsborough hits in the post. she finished with 17 points.

Monieha Goldsborough hits in the post. she finished with 17 points.Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

Fitzgerald played much like the first contest went, even in the first quarter with Tift’s Audrey McElhaney scoring 8 of her team’s 16 as they edged the Canes 16-10. In the second frame, the Canes blew in for a run, outscoring the Lady Devils 18-13. KeKe Bonner led the charge, striking for 6 points. Tift struggled with fouls in the quarter, sending the Canes to the line 17 times. The Canes couldn’t convert but 8 points from the charity stripe, shooting less than 47%.  Tift would cling to a one-point lead, 29-28.

After the break, Fitzgerald again took charge taking a 3-point lead to the final frame 44-41. the surge was a team effort, as Bonner, T’Kaysha King, and Courtney Holland each had four points in the period.  Tift mustered 12 points in the  frame.

As the fourth quarter started, Tift arose like a phoenix, going on a 26-8 run to win by 15, 67-52.  Vanity Golson, quiet for much of the contest, took charge to hit for 8 points as the Lady Devils pressed and created transition baskets.  Tift improves to 6-2. McElhaney led all scorers with 18 points, Moniesha Goldsborough added 17 points, and Golson finished with 12.

For Fitzgerald, Bonner led with 14 points, King finished with 10 points, Breshea Georgia netted 8 points, and Breanna Wormley and Kirsten Crook each added 7 points in the losing effort.. Tift will host Lee County tonight in the first region game of the season. Fitzgerald falls to 1-2 (1-0 region) and will face Brooks County in their second region game tonight. Tip Off at Tift is at 7:00PM, and in Fitzgerald at 6:00.



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