Lady Tigers victorious on Senior Night

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015

Paige Taylor makes the decision to pass the ball to an open Lady Tiger in their win over Georgiana.

Paige Taylor makes the decision to pass the ball to an open Lady Tiger in their win over Georgiana.

The Straughn Lady Tigers thrilled the home crowd on Senior Night with a 53-36 victory over the Georgiana Lady Panthers.


Janelle Nurse started the night off with a quick 3-pointer to put the Lady Tigers out front early. Jacie Williamson then knocked down a 3-pointer for quick 6-0 lead for the Lady Tigers. Williamson finished the first period with 5 points. Katelyn Kinsaul, Paige Taylor and Derriuanna Gantt each had 2 points to give the Lady Tigers a 17-12 advantage after one period of play.


The Lady Tigers stayed on fire in the second period. Williamson and Taylor each put home 4 points in the second period. Kinsaul added a trey for the Lady Tigers, and Brentley Armstrong and Nurse each had 2 points. At halftime, the Lady Tigers were out front 34-20.


The Lady Tigers defense stepped up in a big way in the third period. They high pressure defense from the Lady Tigers held the Lady Panthers to just 6 points in the third period. Offensively, Williamson had 4 more points, including a 2-for-2 trip to the free throw line. Armstrong played some string music on 3-pointer as time ran out in the third, and the Lady Tigers were up 45-26 heading into the final stanza.


In the fourth period, the Lady Tigers remained diligent and held off the Lady Panthers for a 53-36 victory. Kinsaul and Nurse each connected from downtown in the final period, and Lexie Cottle added the final points of the night with an inside bucket. When the game was well in hand, Lady Tigers’ head coach Scott Kinsaul took his starting seniors at one-by-one. Each received a standing ovation from the Straughn faithful and hug from their coach.


Williamson led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, and Nurse finished the night with 10 points.


“I was really happy with the balanced scoring,” Kinsaul said. “We had seven people with at least 5 points. They played a box and one on Jacie, and I’m glad that we got to see that. It really helped us, and forced other people to score. It was a very good team win.”


The Lady Tigers will be back in action tonight as they travel to Elba to take on the Tigers for the final game of the regular season.