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Selma avenges earlier loss to Demopolis

It was in the upper 60s outside, but the Demopolis High School Lady Tigers had a cold night from the floor in the third quarter, hitting only one-of-12 shots from the field, falling to Class 5A rival Selma 41-37 on Friday.

The Lady Saints (14-3 overall, 2-1 5A Area 5) were 6-for-15 from the field in the first quarter, although DHS (5-2, 2-1) out-rebounded Selma 12-8 in that period.

Demopolis opened the scoring when Shadijah Moore and Jocelyn Lawson each hit jumpers to give the Lady Tigers a quick 4-0 lead. Selma scored the next seven points before DHS retook the lead at 8-7 on a layup by Aleshia Arnold with 4:24 left in the first quarter, pushing that to 11-7 on a three from Lawson.

The Lady Saints scored the last 10 points of the quarter, going 4-for-5 over the last 3 1/2 minutes to close the period with a 17-11 lead.

Demopolis rallied in the second quarter. Trailing 22-13, Lady Tigers went on a 10-0 run capped by two Shay Smith free throws to take a 23-22 lead.

It was that third quarter that sank the Lady Tigers, as Selma had a 37-29 lead at the end of that period, but Demopolis made a comeback effort, shooting 50 percent from the field in the fourth quarter while holding the Lady Saints to only four points. But the Tigers couldn’t muster enough offense to overcome the Saints’ lead.

“We played them earlier in the year, so they had a pretty good idea of what we were going to do,” said DHS head coach Tony Pittman. “I feel like the reason we lost the ball game was missing simple layups. In a tight ball game like this one, you can’t afford to miss those.”

Demopolis was led by Aleshia Arnold, who had 10 points and nine rebounds, seven on the defensive end. Smith added eight points and six rebounds, while Lawson had seven points and Moore had six, going 4-for-4 from the line.

Selma was paced by Kaneshia Strong, who had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Ashley Groves added nine points, eight steals and five rebounds, while Keisha Moore had eight points and four steals. Breanna Smith had seven points and seven rebounds, while Mildrea Harris had six boards.

Selma avenged a buzzer-beating Demopolis win, 43-42, on the Lady Saints’ home floor on Dec. 5.