The Athens Review
The Malakoff Lady Tigers ran into a tough Alba-Golden Panthers team in a 58-22 loss during the Region 2-AA bi-district round of the playoffs Monday night at Bears’ Gymnasium.
With the loss, coach Emily Martinez Lady Tiger’s end the season at 15-13.
Coach Brad Gipson Lady Panthers improved to 26-7 on the season.
The Panthers’ relied on a full court press for the majority of the game as Malakoff commited 46 turnovers in the game.
Alba-Golden (26-7) was able to take a 14-5 lead after the first quarter as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead with 1:41 remaining in the quarter.
The Lady Tigers cut the lead to, 10-5 on a jumper by freshman Kiana Reed off an assist from sophomore Hayley Thomas.
Taye Jackson then hit one-of-two free throws with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Malakoff was unable to hit a shot from the field until the 1:20 mark of the second quarter when Sierra Perez got the rebound and putback for a 27-7 deficit.
The Lady Tigers cut the lead to 28-11 heading into the locker room as Sierra Perez nailed a jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the half.
The Lady Panthers continued to put on the pressure in the second half outscoring Malakoff 30-11 to seal the win.
The Lady Tigers went 6-of-11 from the free throw line, while Alba-Golden shot 14-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Malakoff was led in scoring by Perez with five points, while teammates Reed and Plandreika Jackson scored four points each in the loss.
Alba-Golden was led in scoring by Macie Arrington with 21 points, while teammate Caitlin Lennon scored 11 points.
In the other Henderson County contest, the Mabank Lady Panthers lost 58-50 to Longview Spring Hill in the Class 3-A, Region 2 bi-district contest held at Grand Saline High School Monday night.
Alba-Golden 14 16 24 6 — 58
Malakoff 5 6 5 6 — 22
Alba-Golden — Erin Roberts 2, Corlie Lennon 5, Jessika Barnhart 2, CeTara Carter 9, Kaylee Bizzell 2, Haliee Williams 1, Caitlin Lennon 11, Gracie Peacock 1, Brooke Brickey 4, Macie Arrington 21.
Malakoff — Candace Denis 2, Sierra Perez 5, Hayley Thomas 1, DyEsha Brookins 3, Taye Jackson 3, Plandreika Jackson 4, Kiana Reed 4.
FREE THROWS — Alba-Golden 14-21. Malakoff 6-11.
TURNOVERS — Alba-Golden 27. Malakoff 46.
RECORDS — Alba-Golden 26-7. Malakoff 15-13.