DONALSONVILLE - Three days had passed since Seminole County lost, 65-61, against Herald No. 2 Randolph-Clay, and Lady Indians coach Jesse McLeod wondered how his team would respond in Friday's game against rival Miller County.
Carrie Washington made sure her team proved it was over the Lady Red Devils.
Washington had 22 points and 14 rebounds while Seminole County pulled away in the second quarter for a 62-29 victory. After the game, Washington said she used the loss against Randolph-Clay as motivation for Friday.
"It makes you want it even more," she said. "If you feel your team is capable of beating a team and that team still beats you, you want to make sure you learn from it and play even harder."
The senior said she was so motivated for Miller County that nerves hampered her play despite scoring eight points during the first quarter. She and the rest of the Lady Indians put those nerves to rest by finishing the second quarter on a strong run for a 26-16 lead.
"Miller County became more aggressive than us for a little bit, and our girls were not patient enough," said McLeod, whose team is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in GHSA Region 1A-A. "I told the girls in a huddle that we had to be more patient and we also switched to a double-low post with Alexus Watson."
Watson almost finished with a double-double, accounting for 10 points and eight rebounds.
During the third, the lead only grew while Seminole County outscored the Lady Pirates, 22-9, to put the game away. Using a man-to-man defense on Seminole County, Lady Pirates coach Robert Melton looked back at the game and wished he would have gone with a different defensive set.
"We probably should have gone zone on (Washington)," said Melton, whose team is 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the region. "We had no answer for her. We don't have that much depth on the bench, anyhow. Once (Seminole County) closed out the first half up by 10, it seemed we gave up."
Katrina Crankfield led Miller County with 15 points.