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Lady Tigers lose in NCAA Southern Regionals

The Savannah State women’s basketball team’s 2021-22 basketball season ended March 11 in the NCAA Division II South Region Quarterfinals after a loss 87-56 against top seeded Union at Fred Delay Gymnasium in Jackson, Tennessee.

The Lady Tigers, who were the eighth seed, were led by seniors Ty’Kyla Austin and Le’Andrea Gillis. Austin had a season-high 22 points while Gillis had 11 points. Freshman Ta’Quasia Lampkin had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Straight 3-pointers from Austin and Mia Gooslby gave Savannah State a 6-2 lead, but Union responded with a 13-2 push that put them up by seven. Union led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.

SSU started the second quarter with an 8-2 run to close their gap to 22-21 with 7:48 on the clock, but the Bulldogs closed the quarter with a 21-2 run that opened up a 20-point cushion as they entered intermission with a 42-23 edge.

Ty'Kyla Austin
Ty’Kyla Austin

A 3-pointer and layup from Gillis to open the third quarter put SSU within 15, but the Lady Tigers never got closer the rest of the game. Union beat Savannah State 24-16 in the third quarter. and 20-17 in the final frame. SSU trailed up to 32 points in the fourth quarter.

Savannah State ends its season with a 27-3 record. The 27 wins tied the school record set by the team from 1977-78. The Lady Tigers won the SIAC East Division to a 14-1 conference mark.

SSU men drop in NCAA first round

Savannah State men’s basketball team Cinderella’s season ended after the Tigers opened the first round of the NCAA South Regional with a 113-62 loss to Nova Southeastern at Rick Case Arena in Fort Lauderdale, in Florida on March 12.

The Tigers, who were riding a four-game winning streak, fell behind early and never caught up.

Le’Andrea Gillis
Le’Andrea Gillis

NSU (29-0) took a 17-0 lead. An Ayjay Plain layup at 11:45 was Savannah State’s first point of the contest. Plain’s layup started a 9-0 run by the Tigers, but Nova Southeastern responded with 14 straight points to increase their lead to 31-9 with 6:08 left in the first half. SSU trailed 54-33 at halftime.

In the second period, the Sharks had an 8-2 run that extended their lead to 27, a 14-0 run that increased their lead to 42 and a 10-2 push that put them ahead by 50. NSU closed the game with four unanswered. points to grab their biggest lead of the game at 51 points.

Plain had 13 points for Savannah State which finished the season with an SIAC title and a 15-14 record. Avery Joyner scored 12, Eleik Bowles added 10 and Daryl Richardson grabbed seven rebounds.

The game was a homecoming for Plain and Zhakari Cobb, both from Melbourne, two hours away. SSU head coach Horace Broadnax grew up in Plant City, three hours away. The other Florida natives on the team are Richardson (Lake City) and Austin Lewis (Jacksonville).

Ayjay Plain
Ayjay Plain

Windsor Forest comes to a halt

D’Ante Bass scored a game-high 22 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds, but that wouldn’t be enough as Augusta

Cross Creek defeated Windsor Forest 60-53 in the GHSA Class AAA Men’s Basketball Championship game on March 11 at Macon Coliseum.

The Knights led 18-16 after one quarter, but were outscored 14-3 in the second quarter as they scored just one field goal from 11 attempts and entered intermission by nine.

Windsor Forest won the third quarter 14-11 as they cut their deficit to six but were outscored 19-18 in the final eight minutes.

Abasi Scott added 13 points for the Knights who finished the season with a 23-6 record. Windsor finished the contest shooting 43.9% from the field while making 13 of 19 free throw attempts and rebounding Cross Creek 28–27.

Zhakari Cobb
Zhakari Cobb

In addition to beating Windsor Forest in the championship game, Cross Creek beat Beach in the semi-finals on March 5 by a score of 52-44 and Groves in the quarter-finals on March 2 by a score of 55-47.

Akins and Mitchell compete in indoor track and field championships

Savannah native Jasmine Akins and Kadari Mitchell recently competed in the indoor track and field championships.

Akins, who attends Kennesaw State, competed at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on March 11-12 in the women’s long jump. She finished ninth in the long jump, tying her personal best of 6.37m (20’10.75”). That finish earned him second-team All-America honors.

Mitchell, who attends the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, competed at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Brookings, South Dakota, March 3-5 in the men’s 60m and 200m races. In the 60m preliminary race, Mitchell finished in 19th place out of 35 sprinters with a score of 6.90. In the 200m race, he placed 12th with a time of 21.56.

D'Ante Bass
D’Ante Bass
Jasmine Akins
Jasmine Akins
Kadari Mitchell
Kadari Mitchell