Selma girls advance to finals of holiday tourney

Published 12:06 am Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ashley Grimes had a double-double with 18 points 13 rebounds and led the Selma Lady Saints to the finals of the Selma High Invitational Tournament.

With 1:59 left in the game, Grimes iced the victory with two free throws and the 44-35 win over Sumter County.

“We came out a little flat after playing five hours early, but we sucked it up,” Selma coach Anthony Harris said.

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Sumter County’s Jamesha Watkins scored 25 points and had 15 rebounds. Watkins scored on a drive off the baseline and pulled Sumter County within one 34-33.

Kamesha Strong scored nine points in the game and came down and hit a 12-footer to put Selma ahead 36-33. Teammate Keisha Moore came alive with an 18-footer.

Watkins intercepted a pass and went coast to coast for the easy basket, making it a 42-35 game.

Selma led 26-12 at halftime but couldn’t pull away in the third.

Dorothy Holloway hit on a driving layup, and Selma led 30-28 after three quarters.

In the first round of the tournament, the Lady Saints bounced back from their second home loss in two years and rolled over the Central Lions 60-19.

Breanna Smith had a double-double, scoring a game-high 12 points 10 rebound.

“My philosophy has always been a pressing, hard defense brings instant offense,” Harris said.

Strong scored 10 points, and Grimes had nine points. Strong made four steals in the first half. Moore hit two 3-pointers, and the Lady Saints led at the half, 36-10.

Selma’s reserve players played the second half and kept the pressure on. Central scored only nine points the second half.

“We’re very young this year; I lost my starting five from a 27-3 team,” Central coach Trent Woodly said. “We’ll be all right in the long run.”

At one point in the first quarter, Selma led 18-2. Central committed eight turnovers, and all led to points.