Allendale-Fairfax girls rebound with win over Calhoun County

  • Shateal McMillan of the Lady Tigers fueled the team with 16 points in the win over Calhoun County.

The Allendale-Fairfax High girls basketball team bounced back from last Wednesday’s loss to Batesburg-Leesville with a strong 37-30 win over Calhoun County Friday night in the Tigers’ Den.

Allendale-Fairfax High led 31-23 after three quarters, but saw Calhoun County come back to narrow the lead 33-30 with 3:11 to go in the game.

The Lady Tigers, however, were able to secure the game down the stretch. An offensive rebound and putback by Amber Ferguson followed by a steal and score by Shateal McMillan put the game out of reach with 22 seconds left to play.

The victory improves Allendale-Fairfax High’s record to 3-6 in the region play and 8-9 overall.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said the team needed this win to stay in the playoff picture.

“We still have a chance of making the playoffs so this victory was definitely important,” Jeffries said. “I’m proud of how we played in the first half. We had to overcome some foul trouble and we did just that.”

The Lady Tigers came rolling out of the gates. In the first four minutes of the game, the team jumped to a quick 8-2 lead on transition baskets by Shateal McMillan, Amber Ferguson, Au’Breyonna Roberts and Davian Wright.

Thanks to strong play on the offensive boards, the Lady Tigers added to their advantage in the second quarter. For the team, Kiara Moore, Koshia Roberts and Shateal McMillan scored on putbacks to extend the lead to 22-12 with 1:39 left in the first half.

At the start of the third quarter, the Lady Tigers continued to dominate the Lady Saints. The team scored in the second half with buckets by Amber Ferguson and Shaniyah Hammond for a 29-14 advantage.

The Lady Tigers’ double digit lead, however, quickly evaporated. The Lady Saints came marching back with a 14-2 run to narrow the lead to 31-28 with 5:29 left to play.

The Lady Tigers answered back late with a 6-2 run to seal the game.

“I was disappointed at how we played in the second half. Our mindset, mentality was not where it needed to be in the fourth quarter,” Jeffries said.

For the game, Shateal McMillan led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, eight steals and five assists. Shaniyah Hammond had six points, seven steals and two assists while Amber Ferguson added five points and eight rebounds. Kiara Moore, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, also scored four points.