6-0 Record in District 20-AA
By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – What was initially expected to be a close game quickly turned into a blowout on Tuesday night as the Grapeland Sandiettes hammered the Big Sandy Lady Wildcats by a score of 74-21.
On Jan. 12, the Sandiettes needed a last second three pointer to force overtime against the Lovelady Lady Lions. Grapeland eventually won that game by a final score of 57-55.
Followed by Big Sandy’s two point defeat of Lovelady last week, the thought process was the Sandiettes and Lady Wildcats were about to tipoff in a tight contest on Jan. 23.
Grapeland, however, had different ideas and took the anticipated drama out of the game after the first eight minutes of play. The Sandiettes raced out to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Kenya Woods paced the Sandiettes in the period with six points. She was joined by Tatiyanna Bowie, Hannah Chipman and KeKe Harris – all with four – while Ragan Bowie knocked down a three pointer.
The Big Sandy points came on a three from Charity Battise and a two from Ceanna Bullock.
Those five points, however, were the only five the Lady Wildcats would score in the remainder of the half as the Grapeland defense shut out the Big Sandy offense in the second quarter.
The Sandiettes, meanwhile, had a 28-point offensive explosion in the quarter. Teira Jones caught on fire and dropped in 12 points. R. Bowie added five, T. Bowie netted four, Woods had three and both Chipman, along with Harris, which made the halftime score 49-5.
With a 44-point lead to start the second half, the Sandiettes began to slow the offensive tempo and ease up on the defensive pressure. As a result, the Lady Wildcats were able to more than double their first half point production with 11.
Bullock had four while Battise, Liza Stafford and Haley Polite all had two. Alyssa Renfro added a free throw to close out the Big Sandy third quarter scoring.
Even at a much slower pace, Grapeland still managed to increase their lead to 45 on six points from T. Bowie, four from Woods and two from Harris.
As the fourth quarter got underway, Grapeland Head Coach Anthony DeCello used the big lead to his advantage to get significant playing time from his bench.
Aerianna Granderson led Grapeland with five points while T. Bowie, Harris, Jones and Woods all had two as the Sandiettes closed out the 74-21 win to move to 6-0 in District 20-AA.
For the game, the Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Charity Battise with seven and Ceanna Bullock with six points. Liza Stafford added five, Haley Polite had two and Alyssa Renfro had one to account for the Big Sandy point production.
The Sandiettes were led by Tatiyanna Bowie who led all scorers with 16 points in the game. She was joined by three other Sandiettes who scored in double figures. Kenya Woods had 15, Teira Jones netted 14 and KeKe Harris dropped in 10.
Rounding out the Grapeland scoring – Ragan Bowie had eight, Hannah Chipman had six and Aerianna Granderson added five.
The Sandiettes road to the playoffs continued on Friday, Jan. 26 with a game against the Groveton Lady Indians in Groveton. The final score was not available as of press time.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.