From Staff Reports
GREENVILLE – The Starkville Academy girls basketball team dug themselves quite an early hole Thursday night, but almost climbed all the way back out.
The Lady Vols, trailing 34-18 at halftime, fought back to within three points with under a minute to play before ultimately falling to Washington 55-50 on the road.
"We just couldn't get over the hump," said SA head coach Glenn Schmidt.
Nora Kathryn Carroll paced the Lady Vols offense with 13 points.
Anna Lea Little scored 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds.
Anna Prestridge scored nine points, Sally Kate Richardson tallied eight and April Burney contributed seven for SA.
Taylor Smith led Washington with 16 points.
The Lady Vols, who fell to 8-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play, were outscored 14-6 in the first period, putting them behind in a hurry.
"That really isn't like us," said Schmidt of her team's early woes. "We usually come out ready to play."
Still, SA came back to outscore Washington 32-21 in the second half, but never could capture the lead.
"Over our last five games, we've played five of our toughest opponents," said Schmidt. "That's probably some of it. There wasn't much left."
Schmidt and the Lady Vols will attempt to bounce back from Thursday's loss with a home game against Pillow Academy on Saturday.
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GREENVILLE – Starkville Academy boys coach Chris Lyle couldn't have been prouder of his team's effort Thursday during a tough road game, but the Volunteers came up short against Washington.
Adam Crittenden scored 12 points, J.R. Gerhart added 11 and Austin Kinard notched eight for the Vols, who fell to 4-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
"We really played extremely well tonight, especially being on the road like that," said Lyle. "(Washington) just shoots extremely well and we came up short in the end."
Washington was led in scoring by Josh Towers' 24-point output.
SA trailed by just two points, 24-22, at the half, but Washington outscored the Vols 37-31 over the last two quarters to secure the win.
The Vols will be looking for better results Saturday at home against Pillow Academy.