Darton’s Kadeyasha Jones, who finished with seven points and four rebounds, was one of five Lady Cavs to score at least seven points in Saturday’s win.
By TIMOTHY THREADCRAFT
Special to The Herald
ALBANY— Keeping their hot streak alive, the Darton State College Lady Cavaliers were able to get their fourth straight win Saturday afternoon at the expense of Georgia Perimeter College, 68-38.
Propelled by solid efforts from Michelle Mitchell and Chanteniece Fann, the Lady Cavs forced 14 turnovers and shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half.
From that point on, it was smooth sailing.
Mitchell, who led the way with 22 points, four rebounds and five steals, and the Lady Cavs jumped all over the Lady Jaguars early and often, leading 28-7 midway through the first half.
Georgia Perimeter was able to gain some momentum and cut the lead to 17 by the end of the half, but the second half was more of the same.
Great ball movement, rebounding and high-percentage shooting helped Darton stretch its lead to 30 points at one point, which proved to be the final margin.
“It was one of Michelle’s best games,” Darton coach Lea Henry said. “She really stepped up on both sides of the ball today. She’s been playing well all season, and (Saturday) was no different. She’s been a great leader for us.”
Henry continued to be pleased with her team, which kept a two-game lead in the Region XVII standings with the win.
“I think we’ve played really well in our last two games,” Henry said. “Everything’s coming together, we’re getting contributions from almost every player. We’re playing good defense, rebounding, and running the floor well. I’m really impressed with how our half-court offense has improved.”
While Mitchell led the team in scoring and steals, one of the most important performers of the Lady Cavs’ season has been Fann, who held one of GCAA’s leading scorers, Ronita Garrett, to 13 points, while adding 16 points and six rebounds of her own.
Fann and the Lady Cavs held GPC to 25 percent shooting and forced 27 turnovers in all.
The Lady Cavs have four straight home games left before the Region XVII tournament.
They moved to 23-3 overall and 15-2 in the region with Saturday’s win.