A-F Lady Tigers keep hopes alive

  • Shateal McMillian, left, of Allendale-Fairfax High guards #10 Janel Brown of Calhoun County.

After falling prey to Barnwell High two days earlier, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers needed a bounce-back win Friday against Calhoun County to keep post season hopes alive.

The Lady Tigers got just that as they were to take down the Lady Saints in a low-scoring affair by a count of 25-18.

Both teams struggled offensively, combining for only 23 points at halftime. The Lady Tigers, however, pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Lady Saints 13-7.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax improves to 4-5 in region play.

Allendale-Faifax High coach Austin Jeffries said the team needed a win to remain in the playoff picture.

“We couldn’t afford to lose this game and expect ,to make the playoffs. Great overall effort by the girls because we needed this win and we went out and got it,” Jeffries said.

For the Lady Tigers, the team has gotten used to the idea of life without leading scorer K’Osjah Hall, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a month ago.

The team continues to find ways to win behind their backcourt tandem of Shateal McMillan and Shaniyah Hammonds.

The tandem came through once again Friday, combining for 19 points, 11 steals and 10 assists.

McMillan led the way with 11 points, including four in the fourth quarter, seven steals and six assists. Hammonds added eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

The Lady Tigers were able to get a significant early lead on the shooting of McMillan.

Others playing well for the Lady Tigers included Davian Wright with five points and Kira Moore with four points.