Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

January 19, 2013

Wildcats beat Brunswick on Friday, 75-70

(Continued)

VALDOSTA — Brunswick girls 58, Valdosta 51

Brunswick’s girls dominated the first quarter, and built a lead that Valdosta was unable to overcome.

It was only the second loss of the season for the Lady Wildcats (15-2).

Early on, everything the Lady Pirates did seemed to work. Their full court press gave Valdosta trouble, creating several turnovers, and they handled Valdosta’s press well.

Ninety seconds into the game, Valdosta held a 3-2 lead. But then Brunswick caught fire. Brea Thomas made a free throw.

Then Kilah Nixon took over the game. She made a free throw and a layup on consecutive possessions. A little over a minute later, Briana Gipson stole the ball and passed it to Nixon for a layup. Then Nixon stole the ball and dribbled in for a basket. A Lady Pirates player grabbed a rebound off a missed VHS shot and passed to a teammate, who threw a long pass to Nixon for another basket. Destiny Alston’s putback completed a 12-0 run, and gave Brunswick a 14-3 lead.

The Lady Pirates added to their lead with an 8-2 run at the end of the first period. Alston scored six of those eight points, and her off-balance layup at the buzzer gave Brunswick a 25-10 lead at the end of one quarter.

The Lady Pirates held a 41-25 lead at halftime and a 46-29 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

But the Lady Wildcats weren’t ready to give up. Shaneika Smith made two free throws. Destiny Covert got the ball under the basket and scored, and Terri Oglesby scored on a putback. Stormm Phillips got the ball in the paint and scored. Smith converted a three-point play, then drove for a layup the next time she touched the ball. That 13-0 run turned a 17-point Brunswick lead into a four-point lead, 46-42, heading into the final period.

Tiaera Phillips’ basket at the start of the fourth quarter pulled the Lady Wildcats within two points, 46-44.

But Brunswick slowed the pace of the game in the fourth period, and that helped stop Valdosta’s momentum. The Lady ‘Cats only managed two field goals in the final 5:45, and couldn’t get any closer than two points.

Brunswick beat Valdosta’s press twice in the final minute, and both times, Nixon got layups, which put the game away.

Alston led the Lady Pirates with 22 points. Nixon scored 16 points and Gipson added 10.

Tiaera Phillips scored 13 points for Valdosta, while Smith added 12.

Valdosta will travel to Camden County today. The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • 2014 World Championships 216 (640x427).jpg Best of the Best

    The students of Performance Martial Arts Academy continue to rack up accolades and after a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., those accolades include the title of world champion.
    Mark Webb and Madison Swain both earned world championships at the American Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo World Championships a few weeks ago. Four other Performance Martial Arts students also competed in the event.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Berrien practice 1a.jpg Moving forward

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Falcons_Ryan.jpg Ryan takes teaching role for Falcons offense

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bridgestone_Tiger.jpg Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0728-Lowndes practice4.jpg Vikings working out with padded practice, scrimmage on the horizon

    The look was familiar Monday at Martin Stadium.
    The Lowndes High football team’s conditioning practice was essentially a duplicate of the workouts the Vikings have completed throughout the summer.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomasville_Ryals.jpg South Georgia special for high school coaches

    Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
    The North Carolina native moved to Georgia when he was 26 and Johnson, now Lanier County’s second-year head coach, recalls a 7-on-7 tournament leading to the realization that he wasn’t in Kansas — or in his case, North Carolina — anymore.
     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

Blazers Blog
More