JDA girls disarm Confederates in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders disarmed the Lady Confederates for Andrew Jackson Academy with a score of 45-23 Jan. 6 in Blackville.


The Lady Confederates didn't have the ammunition to keep up with scoring pace by a Lady Raiders team led by Lauren Neeley, Kasey Owens and Roxanne Morgan.


The trio accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring. Neeley was the high scorer with 15 points, eight assists and four steals.


Owens had 11 points and six rebounds. Morgan notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.


"Our confidence grows with each victory and we're beginning to gain some momentum as a team," JDA coach Eddie Bonnette said.


Others playing well for the Lady Raiders included Darcey Holladay and Katherine Williams. Holladay had four points and nine rebounds. Williams added four points and six rebounds while Katie Baltzeager added two points and two steals.


Andrew Jackson Academy was led by Courtney Garcia with 10 points and Ashley Freeman with eight points.


The Lady Raiders kept the momentum on their side the following night at home in a 45-39 win over Long Cane Academy.


The Lady Raiders broke open a tight game with a 18-10 run in the final eight minutes of play.


"It was a tough game all the way to the finish. However, I have to give credit to my players. They made the plays when we needed late in the ball game," Bonnette said.


For the Lady Raiders, Morgan led with 11 points, six assists and four steals. Neeley and Holladay each notched double-doubles. Neeley had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Holladay added 10 points and 13 rebounds.


Others scoring were Owens with eight points and six rebounds. Baltzeager and Shannon Cruz each recorded two points.