A-F Lady Tigers claw Lady Saints

  • Lady Tigers Shaniyah Hammonds, #4, dribbles past an Estill High defender in Saturday’s game.

On Jan. 17 in region play, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers clawed the Calhoun County High Lady Saints by a score of 42-37.

For the first two quarters of the game, Allendale-Fairfax and Calhoun County went back-and-forth, trading the lead 11 times.

The Lady Tigers, however, took control at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. From there, the Lady Tigers maintained their advantage to score their second region win of the season.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said he was satisfied with the win.

“Big region win tonight. I thought we played hard and we played well as a team,” Jeffries said. “We had several players to step their game up when the game was close. Since we’ve lost our leading scorer K’Osjah Hall with an injury, we will be needing that kind of effort going forward.”

In the first quarter, the Lady Tigers ran to a 11-8 lead only to see the Lady Saints march back to take a 23-22 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Allendale-Fairfax High reclaimed the momentum.

The Lady Tigers scored 14 points while holding the Lady Saints to just four points on two of 11 shooting from the field.

For the team, Shateal McMillan and Davion Wright fueled the scoring surge. McMillan scored on two baskets in transition, then drained a three-pointer for seven points in the quarter. Wright was strong on the boards, scoring on three putbacks for six points.

Leading 35-30 midway in the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers were able to hold on behind the shooting of Shaniyah Hammond. Hammond scored six points in the final three minutes to help preserve the win.

The Lady Tigers’ top offensive player in the contest was Shateal McMillan with 15 points, nine steals, seven assists and four rebounds. Shaniyah Hammond and Davion Wright also had good, all-around performances. Hammond registered 12 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds. Wright contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

Others scoring included Au’Breyon Roberts, Atora Johnson and Khadiyah Brown with two points each.