The Alba-Golden Panthers kept on track for the playoffs defeating Quitman 70-30 last Tuesday night in Quitman.
The Lady Bulldogs’ Molly Tanner sparked Quitman to an early 6-1 lead early, but had to go to the bench with two quick fouls with 5:35 still to go in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers, led by Kenzie Chadwick, went on a 12-0 run to go up 13-6 when Quitman’s Shelby Compton hit a bucket to cut the lead to 13-8. Chadwick scored seven quarter points to help the Lady Panthers to a 20-10 advantage after one period.
Alba-Golden’s Ashlyn Rodgers got the second quarter started with a steal and a layup while Quitman’s Julia Simpkins answered with a bucket to make it a 22-12 game. The Lady Panthers Sammi Rambsel came right back with a trey followed by a steal and layup by Ginny Carson to put Alba-Golden up 25-12.
Down 27-12 Quitman got a free throw and a basket from Utopia Henry to cut the lead to 27-15 but scored a pair of field goals to go up 30-15 before Lady Bulldog Lucy Brannon scored to cut it to 30-17. Rambsel and Grace Bizzell ended the first half scoring for Alba-Golden in the first half leaving the score 34-17 at the half.
Rogers had an outstanding defensive effort for the Lady Panthers pressuring the basketball with Carson and Rambsel creating havoc in their full-court press. The Alba-Golden press took its toll on Quitman causing numerous turnovers ending in easy shots in the third quarter as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 22-3 advantage in the frame and a 58-20 lead after three quarters. The Lady Panthers pulled off their press and Alba-Golden had a 12-10 fourth quarter advantage leaving the final 70-30.
Bizell had an outstanding effort for the Lady Panthers with 17 points followed by Chadwick with 12 and Rambsel added nine.
Quitman was led by Tanner with eight, Henry seven, Simpkins five, Shelby Hayes four, Madalyn Spears two and Lucy Brannon two.