Central girls knocked out of regional
Tue. February 19, 2013 at 4:48 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Central's Lawanda Maddix (20) and Sylacauga's Shakayla Thomas (20) go after a loose ball during the second half of a game at the AHSAA 2013 5A girls central regional basketball championships in Montgomery (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News)
MONTGOMERY | Shakayla Thomas, a 6-foot junior guard, poured in 34 points Tuesday as Sylacauga defeated the Central Lady Falcons 62-53 in the AHSAA Class 5A Central Regional.
Thomas, who made 12 of 15 free throws, had 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot.
Central shot 53.6 percent from the field to take a 35-32 halftime lead, while the Lady Aggies shot 58.3 percent. In the second half, Sylacauga dropped to 37.5 percent. Central’s percentage fell to 23.5 (9 for 24).
"Basically, in the first half it seemed like everything we were putting up was falling," Central coach Michael Rivers said. "Things were going our way. The second half, it just looked like a lid was on (the basket). Their defense was intensified the second half, but we just couldn’t buy a basket.
"We tried to contain Miss Thomas in the open floor. She was just zig-zagging through us like left and right. Her ball-handling has definitely gotten better from last year."
Dee Dee Mitchell added 14 points and seven rebounds for Sylacauga (28-3).
In the third quarter, Thomas drove for a layup and converted a three-point play to give the Lady Aggies a 37-35 lead. Central took its last lead at 40-39 on a basket by Lawanda Maddix. Mitchell scored eight straight points during a 10-4 run, and Sylacauga took a 49-44 lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Toborsha Holley scored 17 points to lead Central (24-6). She had five assists, two steals and two rebounds. Sophomore Shawntayla Harris added 15 points. Maddix, a junior, had eight points and four rebounds. Sophomore Jerlissa Matthews had seven points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Junior D’Leisha Dent led the Lady Falcons with 11 rebounds.
"I give credit to my team," Rivers said. "They fought hard, and I appreciate all the effort. We don’t have anything to look down about."
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