A-F girls rebound, beat Silver Bluff

  • Atora Johnson, #22, and the Lady Tigers pulled away from the Lady Bulldogs to end their 4-game losing streak.

Following the team’s fourth straight setback in a 56-25 loss to Batesburg-Leesville Jan. 24, Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries challenged his players to remain positive and focused though a stormy part of the season.

The Allendale-Fairfax High varsity girls responded well to their coach’s comments in their play Friday night as they rolled over Silver Bluff High by a score of 55-25.

The Lady Tigers ended their four game slide in a big way. They scored the first basket of the game and never looked back, leading by a much as 32 points midway in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in region play.

“It’s tough when you lose four straight games. I have to give a lot of credit to these players for not giving up and continuing to be positive,” Jeffries said. “Tonight we played really well on both ends of the court and we played with a lot of intensity throughout.”

The victory was keyed by strong play in the backcourt with Shateal McMillan and Shaniyah Hammonds.

McMillan has become the team’s offensive leader in the absence of K’Osjah Hall, who suffered an season-ending knee injury during the first week of January.

McMillan had a superb game, going 9-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line en route to a season-high 22 points. She did most of her damage in the third quarter, scoring 10 of the team’s 17 points.

Hammonds had an impressive all-around performance with 13 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. She also had eight steals, six rebounds and five assists.

Around the rim, the Lady Tigers dominated as well, finishing with a 32-18 rebounding edge.

Leading the team on the boards was Kosha Roberts with 11 rebounds. Khaaliyah Brown had eight points and nine rebounds while Atora Johnson added seven rebounds and six points.

“This was a huge win for our basketball team. We don’t have much time to celebrate with Barnwell coming up next week. However, if we play with poise like we did tonight, we should be all right,” Jeffries said.