Valdosta Daily Times

Breaking News:

Local Sports

November 22, 2013

VSU Basketball doubleheader at P.E. Complex on Saturday

VALDOSTA — The VSU Lady Blazers (2-0) take the floor Saturday in a battle of undefeated teams as they host the 2-0 Georgia Southwestern Lady Hurricanes.

The Lady Blazers defeated Webber International 75-44 on November 16. In that game, the Lady Blazers held Webber International to 25 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 47-36.

It was a tale of two halves as the Lady Blazers made just seven of 32 shots and led 23-21 at halftime only to come alive in the second half, shooting 17-24 from the floor and outscoring the Lady Warriors 52-23.

Senior guard-forward Maylisa Johnson had a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard April Thomas was held scoreless on 0-7 shooting in the first half but came on in the second half, scoring 13 points.

During Wednesday’s practice, head coach Kiley Hill spoke very highly of the level of size and athleticism his team will face against the Lady Hurricanes on Saturday.

“From position to position, they’re more athletic than us across the board,” Hill said. “They can take you off the bounce. They’ve got the kid [Jasmine] McSwain who was an all-conference player in the Peach Belt this past year as a freshman. They can board well, they’re all 5’10”, 5’11” across the board, so we may have some matchup problems with that.”

The Lady Hurricanes, who last played on Nov. 16 as well, knocked off Northwood University (Fla.) 90-66.

Hill understands that while his team may be at an athletic disadvantage, the ability to play their own game will be vital.

“We’ve just got to figure out what our strengths will be and kind of play to those,” Hill said. “There are a couple of weaknesses we’ve seen with them and hopefully we can attack those — create some mismatch opportunities for them and reduce those for us. That’s our focus every time we play.”

The Lady Blazers host Georgia Southwestern Lady Hurricanes on Saturday at the P.E. Complex at 2 p.m.

Following the conclusion of the women’s game, the Valdosta State men’s team will look to move to 4-0 as they host the 5-0 Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls.

Following Sunday’s win over Carver Bible, Blazers head coach Mike Helfer believes his team can be better than what they’ve shown.

“You can’t have any mental lapses,” Helfer said. “I feel like we went through a couple of games early on and had lapses where we wouldn’t play well and you can’t do that to beat a good team like Johnson C. Smith.”

JCSU enters Saturday’s matchup at 5-0 after defeating Virginia Union 65-59 on Wednesday night. Though the Golden Bulls are a non-conference opponent, Helfer stresses the importance of respecting JCSU and bringing the right disposition into Saturday’s game.

“We’ve got to expect a very good basketball team,” Helfer said. “They’re [5-0], they’ve got road wins already — they’re going to be good and we’ve got to expect that from the get-go. I think there are two very good programs playing each other [Saturday].”

During their three-game win streak, the Blazers have been dominant, outscoring their opponents by an average of 23.3 points per game.

Against JCSU, the emphasis for VSU will be tough defense and limiting turnovers.

The Golden Bulls shoot well from the field (49.8 percent) and excel at forcing turnovers, as opponents are turning it over 19.3 times per game.

“I think they’re very good off the dribble and they’ve got good post guys that finish around the rim,” Helfer explained. “JCSU does a good job with their press, and they put a lot of pressure on the ball so we have to take care of the ball and make easy passes.”

Helfer acknowledges JCSU as a team that does a lot of things well and believes his team will need to play well in multiple areas to win.

“They don’t have many weaknesses,” Helfer said. “They’re a very solid team so I’m not sure there’s one particular area (to exploit). To beat a good team, you have to play well at every position in almost every category and if you don’t, it’s probably going to come back and bite you.”

Saturday’s game against JCSU will be the last home game for the Blazers before they hit the road for the first time this season.

“Whether you play at home or on the road, I don’t think that really matters,” Helfer said. “It’s probably going to be close — both teams are going to play extremely hard. It’s an early season matchup and it should be fun to watch.”

Tip-off for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the VSU P.E. Complex.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • rachel.jpg Factor X Fitness holds Fitness Classic

    South Georgia is on the verge of muscling its way back into the national bodybuilding scene, ending a lengthy absence.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • No. 21 Blazer Softball faces Lee in regular season finale

    Expect Blazer Nation to be out at Steel's Diamond at Blazer Park in full force today and Saturday to watch their No. 21 Valdosta State softball team take on the Lee Lady Flames in the final series of the 2014 regular season.

    April 18, 2014

  • VHSsigning.jpg Goals Achieved

    The Valdosta High Wildcats hosted a scholarship signing ceremony for senior soccer player Dale Fulton Kent on Thursday afternoon in the schools’ Performing Arts Center.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • MLS.jpg Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

    Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blazers try to garner momentum in GSC finale

    Valdosta State snapped its six-game losing streak a week ago. Now the Blazers are hoping to wrap up its Gulf South Conference schedule with some momentum ahead of next month’s conference tournament.

    April 17, 2014

  • Blazer barrage downs No. 23 Georgia College

    Valdosta State unleashed a season-high 19 hits and tied a season-best in runs as the Blazers defeated No. 23 Georgia College 15-8 in non-conference baseball action at John Kurtz Field Wednesday evening.

    April 17, 2014

  • 2014 Jump.jpg Showtime in the Down Under

    Just a junior in high school, Valwood’s Chandler Cargile has already seen things that most people don’t get to experience in a lifetime. Cargile recently returned to Lake Park from Mulwala, Australia, where he competed in the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The competition hosted participants from 15 countries and lasted for two weeks last month.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valdosta State tennis gears up for GSC Tournament

    The Valdosta State men's and women's tennis teams are set to compete against the rest of the league in the Gulf South Conference Tournament, scheduled to be played this week in Montgomery, Ala. for the seventh straight season.

    April 17, 2014

  • Kaleb Whitfield against Crisp.jpg No Dome for Wildcats in Corky Kell Classic

    Valdosta High’s chance of playing in the Georgia Dome this year now depends on reaching the state championship game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416-SGMC_Award002.jpg SGMC earns VISTA Award

    South Georgia Medical Center was awarded Wednesday with an American Society for Healthcare Engineering Vista Award.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Blazers Blog