GHSA CLASS A GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT: Seminole still dancin' after road win in Sweet 16

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

VIENNA -- Go ahead, Class A opponents -- shut down Seminole County leading scorer Alexus Watson.

The Lady Indians dare ya.

That's what Dooly County, the No. 1 seed out of Region 4-A did Tuesday, and Seminole responded by turning to its other offensive weapons, Katrese Brown, Georgette Benton and Patrice Barnes.

The result? A 65-56 Lady Indians win, which advanced them to the Class A Elite 8 on Friday in Columbus, where they'll face Calvary Day ay 4 p.m. at Columbus State.

"They came after her all day," Seminole County Jesse McLeod said of Dooly's defensive approach to stopping Watson. "They double-teamed here from the very start. But Katrese, Patrice and Georgette really stepped up big for us."

Brown finished with a game-high 24 points, followed by 17 from Benton and 12 from Brown.

"It was a very physical game and my girls just stayed with it," McLeod said.

Seminole (20-7) led, 19-16, after the first quarter but then went into halftime down, 33-32. The two teams were tied at 46-46 heading into the fourth when McLeod made an impassioned speech to his girls to step up their defense and punch the Lady Indians' ticket to Columbus.

They responded, outscoring Dooly, 19-10, in the fourth quarter,

"My girls just shut down their big outside shooters and we ran a man (defense) on those two and a zone everywhere else," McLeod said. "It seemed to work pretty well."

McLeod, whose program has suffered playoff heartbreak in recent years, said he was elated beyond belief after Tuesday win.

"My girls are happy, and I'm happy for them," he said.