The A Team girls of Banks County Middle School added two more wins to their record this week. Taking down Commerce 33-31 and East Jackson 44-16 to improve to 13-1 on the season.
"This was a hard fought victory for us,” coach Steven Shedd said. “I do not think we were mentally prepared for this game. We started out extremely slow on offense and defense in the first half. Commerce had us on our heels early.”
Mya Jones of Commerce hit four three pointers in the first half of the game and the team was down 23-15 at halftime.
“We were able to increase our defensive pressure and begin to score on the inside against them in the second half,” Shedd said. “We were also able to get them into foul trouble early in the second half which enabled us to get to the free throw line. I love the character our team showed by coming back and winning this game."
Leading scorers for the Lady Leopards were Allison Smith with 12 points, Gabby Kennedy six points, Lauren Shedd four points, Kulia Beasley four points, Abby Baird three points and Kelyn Parson two points.
Abby Baird led the Lady Leopards against the East Jackson Eagles in a road game on last Friday evening. BCMS took a early 10 point lead in the first quarter and extended it by four points in the second quarter to end the half 18-4.
The Lady Leopards finished the third quarter up by 10 more points and led going into the final period 30-6. The A Team girls finished the Eagles off scoring 14 points in the final quarter and took the game.
Abby Baird scored 11 points, Gabby Kennedy scored eight points, Allison Smith five, Kelyn Parson and Lauren Shedd scored four points each. Taylor Duckett scored three points. Taylor Parson, Samantha Hornsby, Kulia Beasley and Jaycie Bowen scored two points each with Trisha Parson making one of two from the free throw line.
The A Team Girls will compete the week of January 28 through February 1 in the Northeast Georgia Athletic League Basketball Tournament hosted by Banks County Middle School. The championship game will be played on Friday, February 1.