“It seems like we always talk about defense,” Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford said. “We know we have to have exceptional defense. Our girls are working, trying to find some things that we think might help us down the road. If we do that, we feel like we’ll be in pretty good standing for the county tournament.”
After scoring 53 points in the last contest between the two teams, Shakayla Thomas found ways to get her teammates involved.
She grabbed a defensive rebound and made an alert pass to Tierra Dark for a basket and then pushed the ball forward to Dark again for another easy basket to give Sylacauga an early 4-0 lead.
Talladega hit two 3-pointers to keep the Sylacauga lead to 13-6 by the end of the first quarter, including a Shemeshia Truss 3-pointer as time expired to close the quarter.
But Sylacauga held Talladega to a meager four points in the second quarter.
Thomas scored a basket inside, grabbed a defensive rebound and took it the entire distance of the court for another basket while drawing a foul. She missed the 3-point play opportunity but grabbed her own rebound and had a putback basket. Then, she came up with a steal and passed the ball off to Kayla Dark for another easy basket, giving Sylacauga a commanding 21-8 lead. She finished the second quarter with a basket while driving inside the land to give Sylacauga a 32-10 lead at the half.
Thomas scored 12 points in the third quarter to push Sylacauga’s lead to 52-18.
Thomas led the Lady Aggies with 25 points and an unofficial count of 11 rebounds and four assists. Tierra Dark finished the game with 21 points.
With the win, Sylacauga improved to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in area play, while Talladega fell to 5-10 overall and 3-2 in area play.