Lady Saints race past Francis Marion

Published 11:05 pm Friday, January 27, 2012

Jonishia Jackson finds the basket during the Lady Saints 59-39 win over Francis Marion. -- Robert Hudson

It was a tightly contested first half, but the Selma Lady Saints took control and cruised to a 59-39 victory over the Francis Marion Lady Rams Friday at Wallace Community College-Selma.

Anthony Harris, head coach of the Lady Saints (20-3, 6-0), said his team got off to a slow start, but the play of senior point guard Jonishia Jackson and team defense helped carry it to victory.

“We were a little shaky in the start, but we played pretty good,” Harris said. “Jackson ran the offense and we played good defense.

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In the second half we went on the attack.”

The Lady Saints led 25-17 at the half, but turned it on in the second half behind 6 points in the third quarter from Jackson.

Selma outscored Francis Marion 19-7 in the third quarter and never looked back.

Jasmine Peeples led the Lady Saints with 16 points, while Jackson and Jameneshia Caver had 10 points each for Selma.

J’Tia White added 8 points off the bench for the Lady Saints.

Harris said the victory marks nine years of 20 or more wins for a Lady Saints’ program that also locked up its seventh area title in nine years a week ago.