Lady Saints dispatch Dothan, 72-60

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 25, 2004

TROY&045;Facing a pesky Dothan team, Selma’s top-ranked Lady Saints weren’t quite their usual selves Tuesday afternoon in Troy.

The team seemed a little tighter that usual as every time they made a run, somebody from Dothan answered.

But in the end, Dothan simply had no answer for Selma senior Kimberly Wilson.

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Wilson dominated the paint, hitting 10-of-13 from the floor, and finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds as Selma advanced to the Regional Final Friday with a 72-60 win.

The Saints, who had four players in double figures, weren’t their dominating selves, but they were still awfully good.

With Dothan hanging around in the second half, Harris was forced to get a little animated on the sidelines to fire his girls up.

The Saints, who took the top spot in 6-A just before the playoffs started, are now 30-1 on the season and every game they have a big bullseye on their back.

Wilson, who punished Dothan all game long, said she’s happy to be moving on, one game closer to Birmingham.

Another Saint that let her playing do the talking was point guard Ashley Green.

Dothan senior guard Deedra Wilson never got on track, according to Fleming. Most of her trouble came from Green’s harassing style.

Freshman Erica Lumpkin added 13 points before fouling out for Selma.

Green scored 14 and Seay had 15 points.

Shemeka Simpson scored four for Selma and Tyease Jones gave Harris some quality minutes off the bench.

For Dothan, Ivey Turner had 14 and Shannon Walker 11 in the losing effort.

Selma led 33-25 after the break, but struggled to put the Tigers away.

Led by freshman Tequila Martin’s 18 points, the Tigers just kept hanging around.

Selma built their lead to 15 points early in the quarter but Dothan fought back.

By the end of the quarter, they’d sawed the lead down to six points.

It didn’t take the Saints long to respond, pushing the lead back to double digits.

The Lady Tigers never threatened the rest of the way, but they stayed close enough to keep the Saints’ attention.

With the win, the Saints advance to the Regional Final Friday at 12:20 p.m. against familiar foe Carver for the right to advance to the final four in Birmingham.

The Saints have already beaten Carver three times this season, but Harris expects a big crowd on hand again to cheer the team ahead.

As for Seay, she expects this game to be tough just like the earlier ones.