Valdosta Daily Times

Top Sports News

January 10, 2014

Blazer Basketball

Valdosta State’s men and women battle North Alabama

Florence, Ala. — UNA wins 51-49 thriller over Lady Blazers

Three of the last four games between North Alabama and Valdosta State have been decided by two points or less, and Thursday night's contest proved to be more of the same for the Gulf South Conference rivals, as Valdosta State fell 51-49 in a heartbreaking GSC loss in Florence, Ala..

The win held North Alabama's undefeated stint at home intact, as the Lions are now 5-0 at Flowers Hall this season.

UNA improved their overall record to 8-3, 3-2 in GSC play. The Lady Blazers fell to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the GSC.

The contest featured five lead changes and three ties in the final ten minutes, but UNA held on to a slim lead during the final two minutes to pick up the win.

Valdosta State trailed by two with five seconds remaining, and Kamyia Smith picked up a foul on a layup attempt with less than one second on the game clock. Smith, who finished the night with a team high 11 points on 5-12 shooting from the field, was unable, however, to convert the front end of the one and one attempt.

In the second half, Lion guard Delisa Madry dealt some heavy blows to the Lady Blazers from beyond the arc with 12 points on four three pointers, one of which came at the 2:14 mark to break a 45-45 tie and give UNA a lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.

Valdosta State's Reshaundra Owens nearly put together her first career double-double with 10 points and a team leading eight rebounds on the night.

The performance accounted for Owens' second straight contest in which the freshman tallied double digits offensively.

A majority of the damage was dished out by UNA's Lauren Faris, the reigning GSC Player of the Week, who finished the night with 15 points on 4-15 shooting from the field, one three pointer in seven attempts, and 6-9 shooting from the free throw line.

The Lady Blazers continue the road trip with another GSC matchup against the Union Bulldogs on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST in Jackson, Tenn.

Text Only
Top Sports News
  • 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

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valwood.jpg A Different Look

    With football summer workouts in full swing, occasionally the intensity and competitive drive can wane going against teammates. But on Friday, Valwood, Brookwood, Lanier County and Tiftarea Academy broke up the monotony by meeting at Goddard Field for a four-team, 7-on-7 passing league.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • pilcher.jpg Berrien competes in 6-team passing camp

    If Ed Pilcher had his way, Berrien High would never throw the football.
    But that doesn't mean the veteran coach doesn't enjoy the opportunity that a passing league, or the six-team passing camp at Cairo on Thursday morning, can provide his Rebels.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bubba Walker promoted to defensive coordinator

    Valdosta State Linebacker Coach Bubba Walker has been promoted to fill the open posiiton of defensive coordinator for the Blazer football team according to an announcement made by VSU Head Coach David Dean Thursday.

    July 18, 2014

  • Albritton wins NCAA Elite 89

    Courtney Albritton's tremendous 2013-2014 season earned her one more award Thursday night when the Valdosta State softball star won the NCAA's Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest by securing the more votes than any other student-athlete.

    July 17, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results