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Lady Tigers rout Lady Panthers

Georgiana School's Kenya Loveless drives against Greenville High School's Jasmine Morris during the first half of Friday night's contest. Greenville defeated Georgiana 56-16. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Greenville High School put its foot on the gas early and never let up en route to a 56-16 win against in-county rival Georgiana School Friday night in Greenville.

“Us getting off to a quick start set the tone for the rest of the game,” Greenville High School head coach Jacqueline Tate said. “I told the girls if they worked hard from the start of the game and the entire first period, we would put them away and the game would be ours.”

In the game’s openings stanza, the Lady Tigers used a ferocious full-court press to build a 15-1 lead and seize control of the game.

“The key to our success in the first period was executing our full-court press,” Tate said.

Greenville extended its lead in the second period by outpacing the Lady Panthers 11-3 to take a 26-4 lead into the break.

A 13-8 advantage in the third period and a 17-4 advantage in the fourth period sealed the win for Greenville.

“I think there was plenty of extra motivation to play against Georgiana,” Tate said. “It was an in-county rivalry game, which is huge. Both schools want the bragging rights of beating each other.”

Carlyshia Robinson led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, while Tankevia Durant scored 10 and Shakireyonna Rudolph and Kadeshia Cook scored nine and eight points, respectively.

Tyanna Perkins led the Lady Panthers with nine points.