Sylacauga will face the winner of Talladega/Shelby County on Saturday at 1 p.m.
“I am extremely happy that they came and played this ball game tonight,” Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford said. “Most of the Birmingham schools shut it down, they didn’t play at all. Had an opportunity to talk to Coach Phillips and Coach Keith, because Shelby County got out of school we will give them the opportunity to play tomorrow at 5 p.m. Not a lot to say about this ball game. We are trying to get better and that is all that we are doing right now. We are focusing on little things like boxing out, running the break, so we just worked on ourselves today. That is what we wanted to do. We still have our same motto, One day at a time, we are 1-0. We will celebrate this tonight and tomorrow. We come back in here Saturday our record is 0-0.
The Lady Aggies jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter. Tierra Dark got off to a fast start as she scored four quick points to give the Lady Aggies a 9-0 lead. Shakayla Thomas scored 10 points in the first quarter. The McDonalds All-American started out slow, but finally got in a groove midway through the quarter. She scored eight straight points including a layup to give the Lady Aggies a 17-0 lead.
Bri’Asia Richardson hit back to back layups to make it 23-0 with 1:34 left in the game. Tierra Dark hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Sylacauga a 26-3 lead going to the second quarter.
Thomas garnished another milestone in the second quarter. The Florida State signee came into the game needing 14 points to join the 4,000 point club. Thomas’ 4,000 point came off a layup in transition, which gave the Lady Aggies a 34-3 with 4:20 left in the half.
Thomas hit a floater which gave Sylacauga a 38-3 lead.
Taniya Garrett and Ebony Mitchell hit layups to end the first half to give Sylacauga a 44-3 lead.
In the third quarter, Thomas exploded for 18 points. She got things going with a putback to give Sylacauga a 46-3 lead. She hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to give Sylacauga a 50-3 lead. Thomas then showed off her footwork as she crossed over a Chilton County defender then she stepped back for a jumper to give Sylacauga a 52-6 lead.
Thomas was unstoppable in transition, as she scored on five straight layup to give the Lady Aggies a 62-6 advantage.
“I am extremely proud of Shakayla,”Crawford said. “She played extremely hard, she missed some shots early then she got herself going. She really pushed herself, we challenged her at halftime pretty bad and as usually when I challenge her she comes out and she responds. We challenged her at halftime, it doesn’t matter who our opponent is we want to play the same way. We want to maintain that excellence on defense and if we can do that we think we can be pretty good.”
Garrett scored back-to-back layups to give Sylacauga a 68-10 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Tierra Dark scored 13 points for Sylacauga. Richardson scored four of her 10 points in the fourth quarter. The freshman also recorded 10 rebounds. Taniya Garrett chipped in with six points.