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Savannah State downs Fort Valley State 83-76 in season finale

Tiger Arena, Savannah GA-

In their last regular season home game at Tiger Arena, the Savanna State Lady Tigers led by Azhana Maxwell's 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals downed the Fort Valley State Wildcats to improve to 13-7 for the season. The Tigers will now go back in the lab and prepare for the SIAC Tournament March 2nd-7th in Rock Hill South Carolina at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center.

SIAC CONFERENCE LEADERS

BENEDICT TIGERS 23-3, 14-2

Tuskegee Tigers 14-12, 10-7

Savannah State 15-7, 10-7

Fort Valley State 13-12, 9-7

Central State Mauraders 11-15, 9,8

The Wildcats led by senior Nola Carter would roll into Savannah on a 3 game win streak looking to avenge their Jan 18th 78-65 loss to the Tigers.

To start the contest, sophomore guard Ce'Asia Johnson would give the Wildcats the early spark as she connected on two layups, and a free throw to give her unit the 5-0 lead. After starting out the game down 5-0 the Tigers would begin to claw up the Wildcats' defense as Tya'Kyla Austin led Savannah State on a 21-2 run with 8 points. During that run the Tiger' defense stifled the Fort Valley sharp shooters with 4 steals and 1 block.

Tiger Arena would have plenty to cheer for as Savannah State led Fort Valley State 23-10 at the end of the 1st frame.

In the 2nd frame the Tigers' defense would continue to assert their dominance as Alexus Bryant blocked the shot of her Jacksonville high school rival and friend Nola Carter. Alexus attended First Coast High, and Nola, Ribault High in Jacksonville, Florida.

Keeping Nola under wraps would be key for the Tigers as the senior recently scored her 1000th career point vs Paine College. After sitting out their last victory vs Albany State due to an anckle injury, Carter would look to get back in her groove of collecting buckets by continuously driving the lane, putting up layups, and getting to the free throw line but each 1 of her shot attempts would rim out and she'd finish the 1st half with only 1 point.

With .45 seconds remaining in the quarter, Bryant would end the all scoring as she nailed a short turn around jumper for her only points of the 1st half along with 3 rebounds, and 1 block.

Tigers' Le'Andrea Gillis had a huge impact in the 1st 2 frames as well with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Ta'Kyla Austin led all scorers with 10 points and 3 steals. Wildcats' Torri Myers, and Ce'Asia Johnson both led their team with 5 points. Savannah State would lead Fort Valley State 37-18 at halftime. During the break, the Tigers honored their senior cheerleaders.

Ashley Briana Davis

Demara Denise Perry

Miya Hall

In the 3rd frame Fort Valley State would turn up the pressure on both ends and go on a 9-2 run capped by a Jada Sleet 3 pointer that cut the Tigers' lead to 39-27.

At the 6:37 mark Tigers' Amari Heard stole a pass and dropped a dime to Alexus Bryant. Bryant would be fouled on the basket and would knock down the subsequent free throw attempt to complete the 3 point play and give the Tigers a 42-27 lead.

Carter's 1st field goal of the contest would come in the bottom of the 3rd frame as she drove past Robbi Allen and finished at the rim over the out stretched arms of Bryant. With 15 seconds remaining in the quarter Tigers' Azhana Maxwell would connect on a layup for 2 of her 9, 3rd quarter points. Savannah State led 59-38 at the end of the quarter.

To start the 4th frame, the Wildcats would come out very aggressive as they were in full come back mode. Alexia Green would block the ball out of bounds on a layup attempt by Amari Heard. On the subsequent inbounds play by the Tigers, Green swatted a pass intended for Heard back into the hands of Azhana Austin while she was still out of bounds to force the turnover.

On the Wildcats' ensuing possession Nola Carter made good on 2 free throws after being fouled by Austin.

On the Tigers' ensuing possession Austin would have the ball stolen away by Torri Myers and Myers would find herself on the end of 1 of Carter's game high 6 assist as she connected on a layup to cut the Tigers' lead to 59-42 at the 9:26 mark.

After Wildcats' Taziha Fanning's jumper with 8:19 to play, both teams would begin to trade baskets and bless Tiger Arena with an exciting final 8 minutes.

The Wildcats scored 29 points in the 4th frame but the Tigers made all the necessary plays on both ends of the court to hold off the Wildcats. Fort Valley State outscored Savannah State 49-46 in the 2nd half but their 19 point halftime deficit would be to much to over come. Offensively in the 2nd half Tigers Head Coach Cedric Baker leaned on his sophomore guard from Lithonia MLK Azhana Maxwell to a tune of 16 points, and 3 assist. Amari Heard finished the contest with 13 points, 2 steals, and 2 assist.

The Wildcats' will now get back in the lab and prepare for Clark Atlanta (7-18). Fort Valley defeated the the Panthers January 11th, 76-68 in overtime.

Carter and Bryant post game with DreamKingz

https://youtu.be/1-N3F1Wer2I

Game Stats

Fort Valley State Wildcats

#22. Torri Myers 11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block.

#3. Jada Sleet 12 pounts, 2 rebounds, 3 assist.

#13. Nola Carter 9 points 9 rebounds 6 assist, 1 block.

#31. Ce'Asia Johnson 7 points, 1 rebound

#20. Alexia Green 4 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks, 1 steal.

#4. Jah'ne Brown 8 points, 5 rebounds.

#24. Taziha Fanning 9 points, 4 rebounds.

Savannah State Tigers

#10. Le'Andre Gillis 11 points, 4 Rebounds 4 steals, 4 assist

#23 Amari Heard 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assist.

#33. Alexus Bryant 7 points, 2 Blocks, 5 rebounds.

#11 Ta'Kyla Austin 12 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 steals.

#5 Robbi Allen 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.

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