JDA girls lose close game

  • Anna Beth Morgan, left of JDA, drives past a Patrick Henry Academy defender.

On Jan. 4 in their home game against Mead Hall Episcopal School of Aiken, the Jefferson Davis Academy girls battled. The Lady Raiders fought hard and they clawed.

That, however, wasn’t good enough on the scoreboard as they fell to Mead Hall by a score of 40-38.

Despite the team’s best overall performance of the season, the Lady Raiders were unable to execute when it counted the most.

After being down as much as 10 points in the third quarter, the Lady Raiders outscored Mead Hall 14-7 in the final eight minutes.

The Lady Raiders, however, weren’t able to get over the hump, allowing Mead Hall to score a basket with less than 30 seconds left to pull out the win.

Early in the game, things were looking good for the Lady Raiders, especially on offense.

For the team, Kiersten Phillips connected on a couple of layups and Anna Beth Morgan and Kerrie Atkins also converted baskets in the paint for an 11-10 advantage.

Trailing 21-19 at the start of the second half is where the Lady Raiders’ shooting started to go cold. The team connected on only two shots in the quarter, allowing Mead Hall to build its lead to 33-25.

Down, but not out, the Lady Raiders stormed back in the fourth quarter behind the shooting of Bethany Stokes. Stokes fueled a 13-5 run with three 3-pointers to tie the game at 38-38 with a minute to play.

Mead Hall answered back in the final minute with a basket to pull out the win.

For the game, Kiersten Phillips led the team with 14 points. Bethany Stokes added 11 points. Anna Beth Morgan added 10 points.