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LR pounds Lady Dogs

Posted: February 18, 2014 11:47 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

There is digging yourself an early hole and then there is the plight which the Camden girls found themselves in on Monday.
With their playoff hopes having vanished nearly two weeks earlier, the Lady Bulldogs saw their season come to an end in a 63-16 loss to visiting and second-ranked Lower Richland in Monday’s Senior Night contest played on the Mike Culp Court.
In finishing their season with a 9-12 record and a 4-8 Region 4-AAA mark, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 15-0 before Ariyan Massey’s free throw at the 7:02 mark of the second quarter put the hostesses on the scoreboard for the first time.
Camden managed just five first half points against the more talented and deeper Diamond Hornets, who completed a perfect 4-AAA campaign and will now embark on defending their AAA state crown.
LR made it look easy, scoring 24 of its 30 baskets on layins or, point-blank buckets as the guests went inside early and often with 5-foot-10 inch senior center Breshay Johnson leading all scorers with 15 points.
CHS head coach Natalie Jeffcoat said LR imposed its will on her team. “Definitely,” she said when asked if that was the case.
“Breshay Johnson is a three-time All-State player. She’s not all that big, but she knows how to use her body well. She has a nose for the ball and she makes layups … that’s all they had to do.”
The Diamond Hornets put this one to bed early, nearly scoring enough points in the first quarter to win the contest in rolling to a 15-0 lead before Massey stopped the bleeding nearly nine minutes into the game.
Camden was its own worst enemy, especially in the first half, with more than a couple turnovers --- several of the unforced variety. LR turned eight Lady Bulldogs miscues into 16 first half points as Debbie Stroman went to her bench liberally in a first half in which the Diamond Hornets cruised to a 33-5 lead. Eight different LR players found their way into the scoring column in the first 16 minutes.
For Camden, its lone basket from the field came from junior guard Brooke Dixon whose 3-point jumper with 5:04 left in the second quarter made it 19-4.
Stroman replaced her starting five with a second five as LR did not miss a beat. It wore down a Lady Bulldog squad which was back on its heels.
“They are a talented team. They’ll go deep in the playoffs,” Jeffcoat said of LR. “They’re very aggressive and strong; they keep coming at you with wave after wave. We just didn’t meet their aggression with aggressiveness.
“We seemed to, pretty much, back down and play timidly. Against a team like that, you can’t show any signs of intimidation.”
LR used a 13-0 run to open the second half and cruised to a 46-8 advantage. Camden’s third quarter scoring consisted of 3-point jumpers from Kentrell Salmond and Sharneece Gary, who was held to four points in her final game at Camden.
Camden scored five points in the final stanza, getting baskets from senior Nikki Lee and freshman Janai Crim with Gary adding a free throw.
Playing for the first time since a loss to Chapin last Monday night, Jeffcoat was at a loss for words to explain her team’s performance in their final outing of the season.
“We played last Monday and we weren’t able to practice last week because of the weather,” she said with her voice trailing off. “It sounds like excuses, but I don’t have a good explanation for what you saw out there tonight.”

LR (63): Alaysia Washington 5 0-0 10, Breshay Johnson 7 1-3 15, Ashley Irving 3 0-1 6, Kameron Roach 4 0-0 9, Cailah Hicklin 1 1-4 3, Dejah Williford 2 0-0 4, Rozie Nuttry 2 0-0 4, Keondra Archie 1 0-0 2, Christian Brown 2 0-0 4, Katrina Harrison 4 0-0 8 Totals: 30 2-10 63
CHS (16): Ariyan Massey 0 1-2 1, Brooke Dixon 1 0-4 3, Jalathea McClendon 0 0-2 0, Quasha Jefferson 0 1-2 1, Kentrell Salmond 1 0-0 3, Sharneece Gary 1 1-2 4, Nikki Lee 1 0-2 2, Janai Crim 1 0-0 2 Totals: 5 3-14 16
Score by quarters: First: LR, 15-0; Halftime: LR, 33-5; Third: LR, 49-11; Three-point goals: LR 1 (Roach), CHS 3 (Dixon, Salmond, Gary)

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