Panthers drop 2nd area game

Published 10:12 pm Monday, January 11, 2010

Livingston High School got off to a fast start and sent Southside’s girls to their second lost in area play Monday night, 74-41.

The Panthers (15-7, 0-2) could not overcome an early 15-0 deficit, though they did cut the margin to eight mid-way through the third quarter.

“I called a timeout and we went from down eight to, in less than two minutes, down 18,” Southside coach Wanda Tyler said. “The intensity just wasn’t there. There’s not excuses for not working hard.”

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A pair of 3-pointers by Keyria Miles helped get the Panthers back to a single-digit deficit, but Livingston rattled off 13 straight points to start a 28-3 run that put the game well out of reach in the final period.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries and sickness,” Tyler said. “This is the first time in a week and a half or two weeks that we’ve all gotten on the floor. Livingston played hard, I give them all the credit. We just didn’t play hard enough. They say they love this game, but they aren’t playing hard. You have to give it that 110 percent every time.”

The Panthers slowly crawled back after the rough start, using a 10-3 run and a 14-4 run to get within striking distance, but that was when Livingston pulled away with the final burst.

Miles led Southside with 17 points, and Takari Nelson had 12.

“(Miles) is our only senior, and we just aren’t getting that senior leadership,” Tyler said. “It’s like she does enough to satisfy herself, but doesn’t do enough to satisfy the team.”

Juliser Harper led Livingston with a game-high 28 points, followed by Sarah Holder’s 19 points and 12 points from Corrin Robinson.