Clayton State hangs on in win
Griggs leads Laker attack with 13 points and five rebounds
MORROW, Ga. -- No. 5 Clayton State (9-1, 1-0 PBC) weathered an early Georgia Southwestern run in the first half and counter punch in the second half before taking home the victory, 66-62.
GSW gave Clayton State everything it could handle during the opening 20 minutes. The Blue & Gold would lead by as many as 10 points before losing a six-point halftime lead. The Lady 'Canes would recover in the second half erasing a 14-point Laker lead.
The Lady 'Canes would tie the game with a minute remaining before dropping the game on Clayton State free throws.
Clayton State had three players score in double figures. Drameka Griggs (13 points), Brittany Hall (12 points) and Kayla Mobley (12 points) led the Laker attack.
Georgia Southwestern was led by Tania Walters who had nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Terra Branch would lead all Hurricane scorers with 13 points. Forwards Jessica Jones and Adrian Randall both recorded near double-doubles as they tallied 10 points and eight rebounds and 12 points and seven rebounds respectively.
The game's first five minutes were a sloppy affair for both squads as the two combined for 10 turnovers during that span. The Blue & Gold would right the ship after the game's first media time out.
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Back-to-back baskets from Randall and Briana Walker would give GSW the 9-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half. The GSW defense would hold out as the 'Canes built a lead as big as 10 points.
A 10-point Georgia Southwestern became two points before the Hurricanes pushed it to six points by the end of the first half (32-26).
Defensively, the Hurricanes forced 11 Clayton State turnovers in the half. They also held the Lady Lakers to 10-28 shooting from the field and held a +13 rebounding margin.
It was a balanced attack for the GSW offense in the game's first 20 minutes. Six different Lady Canes scored, and they were led by Jessica Bivins with nine points. Walker scored seven points and Jessica Jones six points to round out the first-half scoring.
The Lady Lakers responded with a 15-2 run in the second half's first 5:11 to take a 41-34 lead on 6-8 shooting. The haymaker from Clayton State was weathered by the Lady 'Canes, which saw GSW cut a ten-point Laker lead in half going into the under 10 minute media timeout.
The Lady Lakers would answer the run with one of their own that raised their advantage to 14 points as the visiting team was unable to string together consecutive stops.
GSW would cut the lead to three late in the game before tying it with one minute remaining. Clutch free throw shooting by CSU in the final minute would give the Lady Lakers the victory.