Allendale-Fairfax girls are own worst enemy in loss

  • Shaniyah Hammond,#4 of AFHS, drives past a Silver Bluff High defender.

If the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers’ team can ever figure out how to convert free throws, they would be a threat to anyone in class AA basketball.

That’s what coach Austin Jeffries told his team following Friday’s 49-45 home loss to Silver Bluff High.

The Lady Tigers trailed by as much as eight points in the second half before tying the game at 36-36 with just over four minutes left in the game.

The Lady Tigers then had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead. The team, however, squandered its opportunity, missing six of eight free throws in the final three minutes.

For the game, the Lady Tigers shot 34 percent from the charity stripe after connecting on 10 of 29 free throws.

The loss drops Allendale-Fairfax High to 1-6 in region play.

“Right now, we’re our own worst enemy because we continue to miss free throws. We’ve lost four region games because we failed to make free throws late in games,” Jeffries said. “We have to continue to play hard and hopefully find a way to hit those key free throws late in games.”

Offensively, the Lady Tigers were led by Shateal McMillan with 12 points, 10 steals and six assists. Shaniyah Hammond also had a solid game with 11 points, six assists and four steals.

Others playing well included Amber Ferguson with six points and eight rebounds. Khaaliyah Brown and Nakoshia Roberts each scored four points. Kiara Moore finished with four points and six rebounds. Au’Breyonna Roberts added two points and three rebounds.

“We’re practicing free throws every day, but we’re just not hitting them in games. It’s been really frustrating on everyone,” Jeffries said.

On Jan. 23 in other region action, the Lady Tigers fell to Batesburg-Leesville High by a score of 50-47.

In that game, the Lady Tigers also struggled at the free throw line. The team missed 16 free throws after going 4 of 20 from the line.

For the Lady Tigers, Shaniyah Hammond led the offense with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Kiara Moore had her best game of the season with eight points and 11 rebounds. Shateal McMillan had six points and Davian Wright added four points.