Monday, January 14, 2013
The Summerville girls’ basketball team handed Colleton County its second loss of the season Monday.
After entering this season ranked seventh among the state’s Class AAAA teams, the Lady Cougars jumped out to a 12-1 start to bolster that standing. However, unranked Summerville upset Colleton 51-43 in the Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams to improve to 10-5 on the season.
“We got some big time individual efforts from just about everyone tonight, on both ends of the floor,” Summerville coach Matt Legare said. “To beat a team like Colleton, you’re going to have to get that, and fortunately we did. Hopefully that kind of effort will continue as we work to get healthy and tackle our tough region schedule.”
It was the best imaginable start to region play for Summerville considering Colleton has been the Wave’s primary opposition in the battle for the region crown the past few seasons.
Early in the game it became evident fans were in for a treat as both teams pushed the tempo only to find themselves in a stalemate. Then the Lady Cougars forced a couple of turnovers late in the period and capitalized to take a 15-9 lead.
Summerville fought back and gained momentum late in the second period. Heather Chapman made a basket on a break and Kwanza Murray followed with a steal and layup at the other end of the floor to tie the game at 18. Rodnesha Capers then blocked a Colleton shot and on Summerville’s ensuing possession Zuri Green hit a jumper for a two-point Green Wave lead. But in the closing seconds of the half, the Lady Cougars scored on a break for a 20-20 score entering the third period.
The next period was a back-and-forth battle that Summerville emerged from with a 35-33 lead. The Lady Green Wave then got buckets from Tinara Brown and Chapman to extend their advantage.
The game continued at a fast pace and with 4:20 remaining Brown hit a three-point shot to give Summerville a five-point lead. Colleton continued to battle, but Summerville never took its foot off the gas and matched the Lady Cougars’ production the rest of the way.
“The game was tough but we just had to keep telling ourselves that we could come out on top, and we did,” Brown said.
Chapman, a junior, led the Wave scorers with 16 points. Brown, Green and Murray all finished with nine points.
Colleton had two players in double digits as Briana Chisolm scored 17 points and Dayja Brown scored 10.
Summerville has its second region contest of the year on Jan. 11 when it travels to Beaufort. The Wave returns home Jan. 15 to host Bluffton.