AFHS girls flourish over BE for region win

  • Shaniyah Hammond, left, of AFHS led the team with 10 steals in Friday’s game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

So far this season, it has been a rough road for the Allendale-Fairfax High girls in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax High has stumbled out of the block with four straight region losses.

Despite the losing, its hasn’t been all downhill as the team came within victory several times in the final minute of play.

Unfortunately for Lady Tigers, if it was a tough, physical, close and a high-intensity contest, it seemed the team always gave a good effort before coming up short on the scoreboard.

That trend, however, changed Friday night Jan. 19 in Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Allendale-Fairfax High put together its most complete performance of the season and came away with a convincing 41-31 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 1-4 in region play and 7-6 overall.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said it was about time for the team to get a break.

“We’ve lost some very close games this season either because we missed free throws or turned the ball over at a critical moment in the game,” Jeffries said. “Tonight was different. We came out and took control early. We played with confidence on both ends of the court. Hopefully, this win will get us going for the second half of region play.”

The Lady Tigers jumped on the Lady Red Raiders from the get-go. The team flourished in transition with Shateal McMillan, Shaniyah Hammonds, Amber Ferguson, Kiara Moore and Khaaliyah Brown all scoring on layups for a 10-2 lead.

In the second quarter, the Lady Tigers kept the pedal to the metal. McMillan did most of the steering. First, McMillan stole the ball and scored on a layup. Moments later, she rattled in a three-pointer to put the Lady Tigers ahead 15-8 with 1:38 left in the first half.

“Defensively, this was one of the best first-half performances we’ve had all season. Bamberg-Ehrhardt came beat us down low. I thought we did a good job of rebounding and denying them the ball in-close,” Jeffries said.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers continued to roll. This time, Davian Wright got in the scoring mix, scoring back-to-back buckets in the paint. That followed with possessions by Hammond and Brown who scored for a 32-18 lead.

Trailing 36-23, the Lady Red Raiders tried to rally behind the shooting of Bradham. Bradham, who led the team with 16 points, scored on six points in the span of a minute to narrow the lead to 36-27 with 2:42 left to play.

Despite the Lady Red Raiders’ late push, the Lady Tigers were able to close out the game at the foul line. Kiara Moore and Shaniyah Hammond converted on a couple of crucial free throws with less than a minute to play to secure the win.

For the game, the Lady Tigers were led by McMillan with 12 points, including two three-pointers, seven assists and four steals. Davian Wright had her best game of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Hammonds finished with seven points, six steals and five assists. Brown had eight points and five assists. Moore contributed six points and six rebounds. Nakoshia Roberts and Ferguson each recorded five rebounds.