Region XVII Freshman of the Year and Darton star forward Shanea Armbrister took control in the second half Tuesday against Georgia Perimeter and helped the Lady Cavs advance to the region semifinals. (David Mann/Darton State College)
ALBANY — Fourth-seeded Darton State College beat No. 5 Georgia Perimeter College, 70-64, at home Tuesday, advancing to the semifinal round of the Region XVII tournament.
The score was neck-and-neck all the way to the end, but that’s the way a game between the Nos. 4 and 5 tournament seeds ought to be, Darton State coach Lea Henry said.
“I thought Georgia Perimeter played really well, shot the ball well and came out strong,” she said. “We had to step up our defense.”
The Lady Cavs dominated with an impressive 41 defensive rebounds and kept Perimeter down to only two offensive rebounds, which may have been the deal breaker for the Lady Jaguars.
Offensively, the Lady Cavs were able to capitalize when needed.
“We got the key plays at the key times, and that stretched the lead,” she said. “And (Jasmine Wilson) and Shanae (Armbrister) stepped up big time when we needed them to.”
Armbrister, recently honored as the Region XVII Freshman of the Year, had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Wilson led the Lady Cavs with 17 points.
Darton, last year’s Region XVII champs, advance to Friday’s semifinals, where the Lady Cavs will play either No. 1 South Georgia Tech or No. 8 East Georgia State.