Lady Saints advance in Decatur tourney

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 31, 2004

DECATUR – Amina Wofford scored six points and grabbed seven crucial rebounds off the bench in the second half as the Selma High School Lady Saints advanced in the River City Classic, Tuesday night.

The Lady Saints (8-3, ranked seventh in state Class 6A polls) came within one win of reaching the title game following a 73-52 victory over the Brewer Lady Patriots.

Leading by just 40-33 at halftime, Selma began to hit the boards more aggressively.

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Shemeka Simpson had four assists and Gabrielle Goudy sank a putback as the Lady Saints increased their lead to 16 in the third period. Goudy finished with three points and 10 rebounds.

“We grew up a lot tonight,” Selma coach Anthony Harris said. “We didn’t make too many mental mistakes. Wofford gave us the spark we needed.”

Sophomore Ericka Lumpkin had a team-high 24 points and added four rebounds in the Selma victory.

After losing in the first round of the tournament, the Saints needed a victory Thursday night to earn a trip to the finals.

Lumpkin scored seven first-quarter points as the Lady Saints moved out to a 12-point lead after the opening period.

In the second quarter, seniors Ashley Green and Santana Seay – who finished with 20 points and 18 points and 10 rebounds, respectively – kept Selma’s lead in double digits.

However, Brewer made a run late in the first half to narrow the lead to 40-33 at intermission.

“Our post players are stepping up,” Harris said. “Lumpkin has been outstanding in the tournament.

“It’s not the skill,” Harris added. “It’s the will.”