Girls Season Comes To an End by Kerrell Gooslby
February 24, 2012Howard High School
In their first three seasons of existence, the Howard Lady Huskiesnever made it out of the first round of their region tournamentseither as members of Region 4AA or in Region 2AAA. This year, theyadvanced to the consolation round of the Region 2AAA tournament thatthey hosted last week.
Friday on a somewhat windy and clammy February afternoon, the LadyHuskies ventured into unchartered waters, like Columbus did whendiscovering the New World while everyone told him that the Earth wasflat. They didn't fall off the edge as some would expect them to butat the end of their contest with number one-seeded Crisp County, theydidn't discover the riches that they had hoped for with the LadyCougars.
At the end of the day, it would be the home team coming out on top,taking at 51-42 first round win over Howard to start the 2012 GHSA AAATournament. Howard ends its season at 18-11, 13-5 in Region 2AAA.
Howard started the scoring early in the contest with a pair ofthree-pointers from seniors Chelsea Stuckey and Tierra Johnson to givethe Lady Huskies their biggest lead of the contest. Crisp County wouldthen answer with a run of their own, pulling to within one at the endof the first quarter, trailing 13-12. The Lady Cougars would then chipaway at Howard again as the shooting woes of the Lady Huskies cameback to haunt them like Marley's ghost haunted Scrooge and the hometeam would take a 27-18 lead into the locker room at the break.
If Howard was going to go down, they were going to do it fighting andgot off to a hot start in the second half, chipping away at the LadyCougars lead and they would eventually outscore Crisp County 12-10 inthe third quarter and trail by seven with a period left to play. TheLady Huskies would then pull to within five late in the final periodbut could not seal the deal. Howard would go 5 for 12 from the freethrow line in the contest, going 5 for 10 in the second half. CrispCounty, who plays Westside-Augusta in Cordele, was 11 for 21 from thecharity stripe after going 8 of 16 from the line. The Lady Cougarswere led by senior forward Keidra Green and sophomore center NasheemaOliver with 15. Sophomore point guard Kayla Green chipped in with 14.Howard was led by senior point guard Chelsea Stuckey with 18 to leadall scorers.