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North Augusta Girl’s Make It Four In A Row With 70-57 Win Over South Pointe In AAAA Finals

North Augusta Girl’s Make It Four In A Row With 70-57 Win Over South Pointe In AAAA Finals
By Billy G. Baker
Publisher
Columbia---North Augusta won their fourth straight AAAA girls basketball championship led by the senior duo of Tyliah Burns and J’Mani Ingram, who combined for 47 points in a 70-57 win over South Pointe at the USC Colonial Center on March, 7.

Winning four in a row was exciting for North Augusta head coach Al Young. “I am excited for my players, our home town fans, our program, and everyone involved with our program,’ said Coach Young. “We give thanks to the teams a few year ago at North Augusta who got our streak started also.  It was a complete team effort today.

“I talked about our emphasis on free throws Monday at the press conference and we won this game today with some excellent free throw shooting,” said Coach Young. “I am very proud of our two seniors today with Tylia (Burns) and J’Mani (Ingram) leading us the whole game. You are always happy to see your seniors go out with a championship.”

Coach Young said he was really pleased to see his team respond with a run of their own after South Pointe came out early in the third period and actually took a one point lead “We knew they could play lock-down defense and we were expecting them to turn up the pressure, and they did, but we were able to pick ourselves up and answer their run and that is what good teams are supposed to do,” said Coach Young. “Now that we have won four in a row we will be recruiting in the hallways of the school to get some more players in our program so we can go for five in a row.”

    After trailing NA 35 to 25 at the half the Stallions won the battle of the third quarter 20-10 with Johnson C. Smith signee Randi Neal leading the Stallions third quarter rally with 15 of her team high 22 points in the third period. She had only made three points in the first half.
North Augusta started the final period 8-0 run and led 53-45 with 6:13 left in the game. Burns, who scored 33 points in the game, got things started in the final period on a put back lay-up and the senior captain later scored the last six points of the game for the Jackets. The Stallions never recovered from the NA’s 8-0 run to start the final period and  they were out-scored 25-12 in the final period. 

 On Monday at the SCHSL press conference Coach Young of North Augusta talked about how hard his team worked on free throw shooting and it showed in this game. The Jackets made 17 of 25 charity stripe tosses compared to 5 of 14 for South Pointe. North Augusta also made 24 of 50 field goal shots during the game. South Pointe made 24 of 61 shots from the field. South Pointe actually out-rebounded North Augusta 36-32 for the game. 
Ingram finished with 14 points for NA. Forward Kiana Lee had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds along with four assists for the Jackets. Alyana Hightower had six points and three assists and Paris Smith and Arin Moore had three points each to account for NA’s 70 points.

South Pointe head coach Stephanie Butler-Graham has now taken her teams to the AAAA finals two years in a row. “From my end it didn’t look like North Augusta missed many shots today,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “I didn’t feel like we played very good defense at all in the first half and I challenged the team to step it on defense in the third period and that kind of brought a spark to our offense too. The third period run was good but for the most part we struggled offensively the rest of the game.

“It is great to be here two years in a row and our girls fought hard but I just felt we were seeded a little bit better this year and I had hoped for a better outcome today. We might have had a little better showing today over last year but I also think we didn’t play one of our better games today and that is what we needed against a team like North Augusta,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “North Augusta showed today why they have won four in a row with their good shooting percentage.

“We usually score more points in transition and but that didn’t happen tonight,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “We had some good wins in a tough region and we came back later in the season and avenged some of our earlier losses to teams like Ridge View. We will miss our seniors also.”
South Pointe, which trailed 13-7 after the first period, was led by Neal and Jamia Blake who contributed 9 points. Blake just missed a doube-double with 10el t  assists  Other point producers for the Lady Stallions included Trinity Adams and Jailiyah Gaiton with seven points each along with Makayla Jamerson with 8 points and Najah Lane concluded the Stallions scoring with four points. 

~~North Augusta Girl’s Make It Four In A Row With 70-57 Win Over South Pointe In AAAA Finals
By Billy G. Baker
Publisher
Columbia---North Augusta won their fourth straight AAAA girls basketball championship led by the senior duo of Tyliah Burns and J’Mani Ingram, who combined for 47 points in a 70-57 win over South Pointe at the USC Colonial Center on March, 7.
Winning four in a row was exciting for North Augusta head coach Al Young. “I am excited for my players, our home town fans, our program, and everyone involved with our program,’ said Coach Young. “We give thanks to the teams a few year ago at North Augusta who got our streak started also.  It was a complete team effort today.
“I talked about our emphasis on free throws Monday at the press conference and we won this game today with some excellent free throw shooting,” said Coach Young. “I am very proud of our two seniors today with Tylia (Burns) and J’Mani (Ingram) leading us the whole game. You are always happy to see your seniors go out with a championship.”
Coach Young said he was really pleased to see his team respond with a run of their own after South Pointe came out early in the third period and actually took a one point lead “We knew they could play lock-down defense and we were expecting them to turn up the pressure, and they did, but we were able to pick ourselves up and answer their run and that is what good teams are supposed to do,” said Coach Young. “Now that we have won four in a row we will be recruiting in the hallways of the school to get some more players in our program so we can go for five in a row.”
    After trailing NA 35 to 25 at the half the Stallions won the battle of the third quarter 20-10 with Johnson C. Smith signee Randi Neal leading the Stallions third quarter rally with 15 of her team high 22 points in the third period. She had only made three points in the first half.
North Augusta started the final period 8-0 run and led 53-45 with 6:13 left in the game. Burns, who scored 33 points in the game, got things started in the final period on a put back lay-up and the senior captain later scored the last six points of the game for the Jackets. The Stallions never recovered from the NA’s 8-0 run to start the final period and  they were out-scored 25-12 in the final period. 
 On Monday at the SCHSL press conference Coach Young of North Augusta talked about how hard his team worked on free throw shooting and it showed in this game. The Jackets made 17 of 25 charity stripe tosses compared to 5 of 14 for South Pointe. North Augusta also made 24 of 50 field goal shots during the game. South Pointe made 24 of 61 shots from the field. South Pointe actually out-rebounded North Augusta 36-32 for the game. 
Ingram finished with 14 points for NA. Forward Kiana Lee had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds along with four assists for the Jackets. Alyana Hightower had six points and three assists and Paris Smith and Arin Moore had three points each to account for NA’s 70 points.
South Pointe head coach Stephanie Butler-Graham has now taken her teams to the AAAA finals two years in a row. “From my end it didn’t look like North Augusta missed many shots today,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “I didn’t feel like we played very good defense at all in the first half and I challenged the team to step it on defense in the third period and that kind of brought a spark to our offense too. The third period run was good but for the most part we struggled offensively the rest of the game.
“It is great to be here two years in a row and our girls fought hard but I just felt we were seeded a little bit better this year and I had hoped for a better outcome today. We might have had a little better showing today over last year but I also think we didn’t play one of our better games today and that is what we needed against a team like North Augusta,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “North Augusta showed today why they have won four in a row with their good shooting percentage.
“We usually score more points in transition and but that didn’t happen tonight,” said Coach Butler-Graham. “We had some good wins in a tough region and we came back later in the season and avenged some of our earlier losses to teams like Ridge View. We will miss our seniors also.”
South Pointe, which trailed 13-7 after the first period, was led by Neal and Jamia Blake who contributed 9 points. Blake just missed a doube-double with 10el t  assists  Other point producers for the Lady Stallions included Trinity Adams and Jailiyah Gaiton with seven points each along with Makayla Jamerson with 8 points and Najah Lane concluded the Stallions scoring with four points. 


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