Lady Stags rally to edge James Island 31-26

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Desiree Brown boxes out for a rebound in Berkeley’s 31-26 win over James Island. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

Wins have come as a premium for the Berkeley Lady Stags this season, and region wins had been non-existent. Not anymore.
Rallying to overcome a 10-point second quarter deficit the Lady Stags won a second half battle of scoreboard leapfrog to pick up their first Region 8AAA win of the 2012-2013 season, 31-26 over James Island on Jan. 16.
“Any win is a good win,” said Lady Stags Coach Crystal Peace. “We’re learning and they’re working hard.”
The Lady Stags put together a 6-0 run to win the game behind Jill Funk’s go-ahead layup with 1:35 remaining in the game and a pair of free throws as time expired.
In the game’s first eight minutes the night looked like more of the same for a struggling Berkeley team, as the Lady Stags fell behind 11-4.
Donni Robinson accounted for the only points of the quarter with a pair of field goals.
In the second quarter Berkeley clamped the lid on the James Island basket and returned the favor, riding an 11-point second quarter behind Ashlynn Smalls’ five points.
In the second half Priscilla Washington took the game to the paint as Berkeley and James Island traded buckets until late in the fourth quarter as eight of Washington’s game-high 12 points came in the second half.
“Nobody can do it inside like Priscilla can,” Peace said. “Right before Christmas she decided to bring her game and she has been a dominant player inside ever since.”
Smalls chipped in seven points and Funk added six points to help pace the Berkeley offense. 
The win improves the Lady Stags to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in Region 8AAA. Berkeley was to host Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday but due to early deadlines because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday game results were not available at press time.
“We’re going to win some games,” Peace said. “We’re learning and it may take us a little while but we’re going to win some ball games.”
The Lady Stags travel to Stall on Tuesday and host Hilton Head in Region 8AAA games on Friday.

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