Darton’s Shanea Armbrister goes up for a layup Saturday in the Albany Civic Center during a 95-37 win against Georgia Northwestern Tech. Armbrister scored a game-high 26 points for the Lady Cavs, who have now won five consecutive games (Staff Photo: John Millikan)
ALBANY — University of Georgia assistant basketball coach Angie Johnson drove down from Athens on Saturday to catch a glimpse of Darton freshman and top recruit Shanea Armbrister in the final day of the Titan Holiday Classic.
Armbrister, a 6-foot-2 freshman from the Bahamas, didn’t disappoint.
And neither did the rest of the Lady Cavs, who rolled to their third straight blowout victory with a 95-37 hammering of Georgia Northwestern Tech for their fifth consecutive win.
Armbrister, a former Georgia commit who is being recruited by the SEC school again for her post-junior college career, led all scorers with 26 points and added 10 rebounds and four steals, raising her points-per game average to 18.7 for the nationally ranked No. 10 Lady Cavs.
“Shanea is a special player that you don’t get too often,” Darton coach Lea Henry said. “She has size, can really shoot the ball and can handle the ball well.”
Georgia can’t offer Armbrister a scholarship until her sophomore year, and the former South Broward (Fla.) High School star hasn’t committed to the Lady Bulldogs yet, but she said she felt comfortable playing in front of Johnson.
“I’m used to playing in front of Angie Johnson, and I feel like she’s family,” Armbrister said. “The reason I am considering Georgia is because of her. We have a solid foundation, and I want to go where I feel like it’s home.”
The entire Lady Cavs team seemed to feel right at home Saturday in the Civic Center, where they used a 41-5 scoring run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to put away the Lady Cats.
Four other Lady Cavs scored in double figures: former Lee County star DaQuenna Moore (18 points, 7 rebounds), B’Kyia Webb (15 points, 15 rebounds), Iesha Bonner (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Kadayasha Jones (12 points, 8 assists).
Darton has outscored its opponents 301-91 during its last three games and is now 8-3 after a slow 3-3 start to the season.
“We are getting better, and now that we are healthy our chemistry is starting to get better,” Henry said. “I am proud of them, because when you play teams that are not as strong as you, you can come down a notch. I don’t think we came down a notch at all. We played up to our level. One thing about our team is that we are balanced, so we have a lot of kids who can score and lot of kids who can get up and down (the court). But I like how we are learning to play together.”
Nobody on Darton’s roster has helped the team develop its chemistry quite like point guard Cedricka Sweeting, an Auburn transfer who scored just two points Saturday but dished out 11 assists.
“Right now I am really proud of her,” Henry said of Sweeting. “She is leading our team and is playing like a point guard is supposed to play. She is making everybody around her better.”
Sweeting is now averaging 6.5 assists a game, which ranks sixth in the country.
“Getting my team involved excites me more than scoring myself,” Sweeting said. “It’s fun to watch them catch a pass and make something happen.”
The Lady Cavs racked up 30 assists on just 40 made field goals and shot 56 percent from the field, while Georgia Northwestern Tech, an NJCAA Division III team, shot 21 percent from the field and only had two players score more than four points: Kiarra Parks (15 points) and Sierra Smith (9 points).
Darton returns to Region XVII play Wednesday with a game at Middle Georgia Tech as the Lady Cavs look for their third consecutive region win.
ALBANY TECH 89, SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECH 33: The Lady Titans outscored the Lady Tigers 42-10 in the second half to win their second game in blowout fashion in the Holiday Classic.
Tajai Person led the way for the Lady Titans (7-3) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Shanice Williams added 18 points and nine rebounds. Also for Albany Tech, Tridedria Burke had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Ashley Towns scored 11 points.
The win — and the dominating second half — gives the Lady Titans momentum heading into a tough stretch of four straight Region XVII games in a span of seven days, starting with a matchup Wednesday against East Georgia State.
“We got a chance to work on things (Saturday) before our big region games coming up before Christmas break,” said Albany Tech coach Kenneth Williams, whose Lady Titans are 2-0 in the region. “We want to get ready for this tough region schedule we have coming up.”
LATE FRIDAY: The Albany Tech men and women both won their openers late Friday in the school’s Holiday Classic.
The Titans defeated Southern Crescent Tech, 61-47, and the Lady Titans rolled to an easy, 80-37 win against Georgia Northwestern Tech.
In the men’s game, Kymon Woods scored 17 points and grabbed 15 points to lead Albany Tech, which pulled away late to put Southern Crescent away. Also scoring in double figures for the Titans was Guy Barnes, who added 11 points.
In the women’s game, Albany Tech was in control all 40 minutes as 10 of the 11 players on the roster got into the scoring column, including Toni Grier, who led the way with 13 points and nine rebounds. Also for the Lady Titans, Ashley Towns had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Tajai Pearson had 11 points.