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Moore scores 30 as Lee girls beat Worth by 50 points

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LEESBURG -- DaQuenna Moore's adjustment to life in Georgia is progressing nicely.

Moore, who attended high school in North Carolina last season, almost had a double-double for Lee County on Friday, finishing with 30 points, eight rebounds and four steals during the Lady Trojans' 84-34 win against Worth County.

After being told of her scoring total in the locker room, Moore broke out into a dance.

"I like to dance," Moore laughed outside the locker room, holding her iPod and earphones.

On the court, she was also in rhythm, finishing the first half with 11 points and then scoring 15 in the third quarter alone.

Worth County, which is missing point guard Christie Smith, seemed out of sync the entire game.

Not only did the Lady Rams trail, 29-9, at the end of the first quarter, they were assessed a technical foul halfway through the second for having six players on the floor. Friday's win seemed the perfect rebound for Lee County coach Fran McPherson's team which lost its previous game, 58-55, against Westover. The Lady Trojans are now 6-2.

"Our defense just came out and took control," said McPherson, whose team forced 13 Worth County turnovers during the first quarter.

Although only one other Lee County player, Lindsey Crawford, finished in double figures with 11 points, there really was not much for the Lady Trojans to do after the first quarter. The score was 52-15 at halftime and the fourth quarter was shortened from eight minutes to six because Lee had such a commanding lead.

"When we play like this, we just dictate the pace of the game," McPherson said. "I'd love for us to start all of our games like this."

Although Moore fell short of a double-double Friday, McPherson still liked her hustle under the boards. Six of Moore's 13 first-half points, for instance, were scored on putbacks.

"DaQuenna was just a beast on the boards," McPherson said. "On defense, she helped force the issue, and she was a big reason we jumped out to an early lead."

First-year Worth County coach Shalisha Zinnamon, meanwhile, said composure is something the Lady Rams will work on after Friday.

"Besides the fact (Smith) wasn't there, nobody stepped up, and they have to step up when she is not there," said Zinnamon, whose team is 0-2.

Dominique Jackson was Worth's only scorer in double figures with 13 points.