Lee County senior and Herald Super 6er DaQuenna Moore had another outstanding game Tuesday against Bainbridge, finishing with 24 points and 24 rebounds.
LEESBURG — With 3:15 remaining in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s Region 1B-AAAA showdown, the Lee County and Bainbridge girls basketball teams stood on opposite sides of Leesburg in two completely different gymnasiums.
Any other group of girls would have been disoriented by the erratic evening that sent them driving across town in the middle of the second quarter. But not the Lady Trojans, who have been thrown curve ball after curve ball this season.
An hour of craziness that started with the power going out in the Lee County High School gymnasium was taken in stride by the Lady Trojans, who cruised to a 66-52 victory against Bainbridge to secure the No. 1 seed in the subregion heading into next week’s tournament.
“It’s been a crazy year,” said Lee County coach Fran McPherson, whose Lady Trojans have been without a home gym for most of the season because of renovations at the high school. “We haven’t had hardly any home games. We have been on the road all year. I just told them that this was just another day in our lives.”
Tuesday’s adversity started midway through the second quarter with the Lady Trojans leading, 24-17. As Lee County’s Brandi Blount drew a foul and was heading to the free throw line, the lights went out in the gymnasium and around the county.
Confusion abounded around the gym as cell phone lights started to dot the bleachers and school officials scrambled to get the lights back on.
The power stayed off for 40 minutes before it was announced that the game would be resumed at Lee County Middle School about a mile down the road, and the Lady Trojans quickly made plans for the commute.
“Half of our girls don’t even drive because they are too young,” McPherson said. “We had to make a quick plan, ‘Who are you riding with? Who are you riding with? OK, we’ll see you over there.’ ”
Lee County and several of the fans showed up at the middle school, but before Bainbridge could leave the high school the power came back on. The Lee entourage then packed up and headed back to the high school to resume the game. Through it all, the Lady Trojans (11-8, 3-1) stayed calm.
“We handled that well because this season we haven’t had a home gym, and we have had to play and practice in lots of different places,” Lee County’s Katherine McConnell said. “So we were pretty good at dealing with situations like this.”
Lee County senior and Herald Super 6er DaQuenna Moore dominated Bainbridge before and after the hour-long break, finishing with 24 points and 24 rebounds.
“She is the most underrated player in the state,” McPherson said about Moore, who has verbally committed to Alabama State. “She is No. 1 in rebounding in Georgia among the coaches who report (stats). After (Tuesday) she has got to be averaging around 17 rebounds a game.”
Moore takes pride in her rebounding.
“Rebounding is the most fun thing, I guess because I can jump high,” said Moore, who is six feet tall with a 27-inch vertical jump. “Getting up there so high and out jumping everybody (is why it’s so fun).”
Also scoring in double figures for Lee County were McConnell and Briana Scott, both of whom had 12 points. Bainbridge was led by Briana Wade’s 17 points, while Richana Jackson added 10.
The region tournament starts Monday and will be played at Northside Columbus. As the top seed, Lee County will likely play Houston, the No. 4 seed from the other sub-region. Bainbridge (14-9, 2-2) will be the No. 2 seed and play the No. 3 seed from the other region.
“I told the girls to take this in and feel sorry for yourself now, but (Wednesday) we gotta go back and go to work,” Bainbridge coach Kelvin Cochran said. “Friday we have Randolph-Clay, and I want to win going into the region tournament. I don’t want to go into it like this.”