Darton sophomore and former Lee County star DaQuenna Moore muscles in a layup during Friday’s Region XVII semifinal game in Americus. Moore finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, but South Georgia Tech won, 72-54. (Scott Phillips/Americus Times-Recorder)
AMERICUS — The South Georgia Tech women dominated the Region XVII regular season with a 20-1 record to lock up home court advantage for the region tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Jets continued their dominance in the postseason with a 72-54 win against defending region champ Darton in the semifinal round. The Lady Cavs ended their season at 23-9, while No. 16 South Georgia Tech advances to today’s region championship game against Georgia Highlands.
The game went back-and-forth in the first half before South Georgia Tech put together a 10-4 run to close the half and take a 33-28 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Lady Jets took over and quickly built up a double-digit lead, never trailing by fewer than 10 in the final 10 minutes.
TaQuandra Mike led the Lady Jets with 23 points, and teammate Shameekia Murray added 22 points and 10 rebounds.
“We lost to a good team,” Darton coach Lea Henry said. “South Georgia Tech has proven all year that they are a good team, but our kids battled. We really fought hard and tried to hang in there. They really stepped up and played well.”
South Georgia Tech is now one win away from advancing to the NJCAA national tournament but will have to face a Georgia Highlands squad that was the only region team to beat the Lady Jets this season.
Darton was led by Shanae Armbrister (15 points) and DaQuenna Moore (14 points, 14 rebounds). The Lady Cavs had a four-game winning streak entering the game and had won nine of their last 11 games — an end-of-the-season surge that Henry said she was proud of despite Friday’s loss.
“We had a couple of major setbacks before the season even started,” said Henry, referring to star guard Jasmine Wilson being ineligible for the first semester and an injury sidelining Tamarah Fisher for the season, “and we had to throw a lot of transfers into the mix with our returning kids. It takes time to get teams in the right direction. I was really proud and thought we came around in the last three weeks and really peaked. I’m not disappointed in the season. Obviously when you lose a game you are disappointed. But I am proud of these girls.”