STORY BY LYNN MANDERSON | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD
A senior-heavy Battle Ground Academy girls took home a district win from Franklin Road Academy Thursday night, 49-46.
“We have five seniors on the team but we are still developing as a unit and are still gaining momentum as a team working together,” Lady Wildcats head coach Clay Price said.
“In the second half, Kyah Keller stepped it up a notch. She really helped us with the win. Even though we have five seniors, we are inexperienced at working together and are still getting some things worked out.”
In the final quarter, Keller, who signed to play softball at Clemson Wednesday, was able to use her height to set up on the post position even while the defense from FRA attempted to keep her boxed in.
“I’m a tough player and was happy with how I played in the second half,” she said.
In the first quarter (23 BGA -21 FRA), both teams were aggressive defensively making it tough on either side for the teams to score.
However, a differing factor was the ability of BGA to hit the 3. Elizabeth Ragsdale and Keller made the treys just in time to push the score up before the half and increase the lead.
Keller was the leading scorer for the game with 18 points. Ella Rose Gallimore pitched in with nine and was a clear factor off the score sheet.
Keller and Ragsdale both hit threes in the last quarter when they needed to increase the deficit as FRA started to nip at their heels by two points.
Never letting up on their defensive effort were FRA’s Iris Heldman and Zharia Hutchinson (who both excelled on offense, too), but it was not enough for the strong offensive rally by BGA, who notched the win in the final minutes of play.
Hutchinson had 15, while Heldman added 14.