Tigers cage Panthers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2004

The Straughn Tigers had no problem with the visiting Georgiana Panthers last night earning a 77-61 win.

The game began with Straughn's Tigers pouncing on the Panthers early en route to a 21-3 lead after just one period of play.

The Tigers were up by 20 points at the half by a score of 34-14.

In the second half, it was more of the same as the Tigers cruised to victory.

Georgiana found its stride on offense, but it was too little, too late.

The Panthers won the third quarter by outscoring the Tigers 24-17, but trailed 51-38 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Straughn scored 26 points in the final period to Georgiana's 25 for a 77-61 win.

The Tigers are now 13-12 on the season.

Sterling Driver paced the Tigers with 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Garrett Windham scored 15 points.

Jared Armstrong added 11 points and got the Tigers roaring early in the contest with 8 of his points coming in the first quarter. Al Freeney added 10 points.

Also scoring for Straughn were Jeremy Hunt, Jeff Bass, Hunter Kinsaul, Scotty Rabren, Jody Sexton and Andrew Huggins.

Kenny Peterson scored 24 for Georgiana.

The Straughn Lady Tigers fell behind in the first half only to rally and record a 53-50 win.

Straughn started the game with a 9-0 run, but the Lady Panthers answered with 17 unanswered points for a 17-9 lead after one period. It was 32-28 Georgiana at the half.

The game was tied at 44-44 going into the fourth quarter.

Danielle Beasley gave the Lady Tigers a 51-50 lead with 1:51 left to play. She added a free throw with 49 seconds left in the game for a 52-50 edge.

Ashley Daniels made a free throw late for a 53-50 lead with 11 seconds left in the game and Straughn held on for the win.

Beasley was the leading scorer with 26 points. McKena Parker added 10.

Also scoring for Straughn were Andrea Cochran, Abby Bracewell, Ashley Daniels and Allye Stokes.

Kim Rhodes and Lakeshia Crittenden scored 15 points each for Georgiana.

The Lady Tigers are now 18-5 on the season. The loss drops Georgiana to 9-6.

Straughn returns to action tonight with a home game against Pleasant Home. The B-team game tips off at 4:30 p.m.