By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – There was a little extra at stake on Friday, Jan. 27 as the Grapeland Sandiettes hosted the Groveton Lady Indians. A win by the Sandiettes would set up a showdown with a road game against the Lovelady Lady Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Sandiettes defeated the Lady Lions earlier this season by a score of 47-36.
Friday night’s game saw the Sandiettes race out to a 22-4 lead during the first quarter and they never looked back. Tatiyanna Bowie poured in eight points in the period and was joined by Kenya Woods with six, Hannah Chipman with four, Ragan Bowie with three and DeDe McKnight with one.
The four Lady Indian points came on baskets from Alysse Cavness and Skylar Craus.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Sandiettes continued to play strong defense which led to easy baskets on the offensive end. Kenya Woods continued her hot start from the first quarter and dropped in 10 during the second period. R. Bowie scored five while T. Bowie, Chipman and KeKe Harris all scored two. McKnight closed out the first half scoring for the Sandiettes with one of two from the line to help give Grapeland a commanding 44-10 lead at the break.
The Lady Indians points came from Cavness and Hanna Antley with two apiece, and from Craus and Tiffany Newman with one each.
After halftime, the Sandiettes eased up on both the offensive and defensive ends to a degree. T. Bowie threw in six points from the post while Chipman, Woods and Janassiah Creag all added two.
The Lady Indians were led by Cavness with six points as Antley and Newman both chipped in two.
The final period of play saw the Sandiettes milk the clock. Woods added five to her total while T. Bowie and Creag both connected for two.
Antley scored eight for Groveton and Cavness added the other two as the Sandiettes won the game by a final score of 65-30.
For the game, Groveton was led in scoring by Hanna Antley and Alysse Cavness with 12 points each while both Skylar Craus and Tiffany Newman chipped in three to account for the Lady Indians’ scoring output.
The Sandiettes were led by Kenya Woods with a game high 23 points. Tatiyanna Bowie dropped in 18 while Ragan Bowie and Hannah Chipman both scored eight. Janassiah Creag dropped in four and both KeKe Harris and DeDe McKnight chipped in two.
The win by the Sandiettes set up the aforementioned showdown with Lovelady on Tuesday night, but as of press time, the score was unavailable.
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