CLASS 1A, REGION 4 GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Newberry cruises over Crescent City
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.
NEWBERRY — It wasn't pretty, but the Newberry Panthers girls basketball team are one win away from returning to Lakeland for the state tournament.
Senior Jasmine Walker scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds as Newberry dominated Crescent City, 51-23, to advance to Saturday's Class 1A, Region 4 final at The Villages.
“We were a little sloppy with that long week layoff we had,” said Panthers coach Ray Parrish. “We got the ‘W' and that's all that counts.”
Newberry (21-6) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first three minutes, forcing nine of Crescent City's 22 turnovers in the first quarter.
Freshman Latoyria Bell brought the Raiders back with three straight layups to cut the lead to 11-8 late in the first. She led Crescent City (8-10) with 14 points.
The Panthers did not allow another point in the first half and led 25-8 at the break to put the game out of reach.
Walker provided constant inside presence for Newberry, which a year ago played for the 1A state title.
“I think that's a career high for her,” Parrish said. “Dymeria (Clayton) and Tayla (McGee) are usually our leading scorers, but when you've got a good team, other girls step up. That was big for her.”
Nikita Curtis and McGee each added eight points for the Panthers. Curtis led with six assists in the game.
The Villages (17-5) won its first playoff game by beating Union County (48-36) in Tuesday's regional semifinal.