VALDOSTA — Valdosta girls 54, Thomas County Central 46
The Lady Wildcats scored nine of the first 11 points of the game, and took a lead they would not relinquish.
Twenty seconds into the game, Valdosta’s Stormm Phillips stole the ball and raced in for a layup. Then Tiaera Phillips, Stormm’s cousin, made a three-pointer. After a Central basket, Shaneika Smith drained long jumpers on back to back possessions, giving Valdosta a 9-2 lead. Central scored twice, but Taylor Hauser’s three-pointer and Stormm Phillips’ pull-up jumper gave the Lady Wildcats their largest lead of the period, 14-6. Valdosta led 18-12 after the first eight minutes.
The Lady Wildcats built on their lead in the second quarter with a 14-2 run. Kaneshia Kimbrough started the period with a jumper, then LaQuesha Newkirk stole the ball and took it in for a layup. After Central scored, Stormm Phillips made two free throws, then five seconds later, Tiaera Phillips stole the ball and made a layup. Stormm Phillips drove for a layup, Courtney Baker made a short jumper and Tiaera Phillips completed the run with a layup, extending Valdosta’s lead to 18 points, 32-14.
Thomas County Central answered with a 7-0 run, but Valdosta headed to the locker room with a 33-21 lead. The Lady Wildcats held a 44-31 lead at the end of three quarters.
Because his team has a big region game on Saturday, Valdosta head coach E.A. Wilcox rested his starters for much of the second half.
The Lady Wildcats built a 19-point lead, 52-33, with 4:25 left in the game. Thomas County Central got hot late in the game, and cut its deficit to eight points against the VHS reserves. But the Lady Yellow Jackets could get no closer.
Tiaera Phillips led Valdosta with 11 points. Stormm Phillips added 10 points.
Valdosta (19-4) hosts Tift County at 6 p.m. today.