The Lady Sauras opened North Stokes Christmas Invitational up with a 49-44 victory in a hard fought matchup against Salem Baptist.
“For everything we endured it was a big win,” said Sauras coach Mitch Adams.
Top scorer, and conference leader in rebounds, Kenya Jones went down in the first half with an ankle injury and later in the game senior Haleigh Yontz, came out hurt after raking in 12 points, six assists, and four steals.
“Kenya just had her third double-double so losing her early on was big. She’s a huge part of our team,” Adams said. “And Haleigh is everywhere on the court. She’s the heart and soul of what we do and so much revolves around her.”
Yontz scored on back-to-back buckets going into the half, but South still trailed 26-20.
“We had a four day layoff and I think that had a lot to do with us being out of sorts,” Adams said. “At halftime, the girls said, ‘Let’s win this for Kenya’ and they did. It was good not to play our best and still get a win.”
South sprinted their way back in the third quarter. Antoinette France pushed a basket in to tie the game 31-31 and seconds later added another two points.
Junior Maggie Joyce grabbed a rebound to push the Saura lead ahead 39-36.
In the final minutes Ashlyn Hawkins and Brittany Shouse added key shots from the foul line.
“I thought we got contributions from people we haven’t gotten from in a while. Brittany Shouse and Autumn Miller had some good minutes. They gave us some scoring we were lacking with Kenya and Haleigh out,” Adams said.
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