Lady Devils edge out UMS-Wright

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An ECHS Lady Blue Devil Cha’Nae Lyles is fouled as she shoots against the Monroe County Lady Tigers.|Photo by AJ Beachy

The Escambia County Lady Blue Devils have found a recipe for success and are sticking with it after winning their sixth consecutive game with a victory over the UMS-Wright Lady Bulldogs last Friday night in Mobile.

The Lady Blue Devils (9-10, 2-2) fell into a hole early on in the game, but began digging out of it in the second quarter as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs from that point on.

Lady Blue Devil Diamond Williams was vital in the victory as she led her team with 27 points in the win. She also recorded six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block.

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Lady Blue Devils head coach Lorenzo Jones said his team put up a tremendous effort for the win.

“What an effort from our girls,” he said. “They really stepped up against UMS and showed the heart that it takes to win in a hostile environment. We needed a win to have a chance to win or tie for the area and they went out and made a giant step forward.”

The Lady Blue Devils fell behind the hosting Lady Bulldogs early with UMS outscoring them 10-6, but ECHS began clawing back in the second quarter.

Escambia County knocked two points off of the Lady Bulldogs’ lead in the second period as they outscored them 10-8 to go into halftime trailing 18-16.

Following halftime, the Lady Blue Devils ran with the momentum they gained in the second quarter as they picked up a hard earned win.

In the third quarter, the Lady Blue Devils pushed past UMS-Wright as they outscored them 17-10.

Leading 33-28 at the start of the fourth period, ECHS continued to play strong basketball and again outscored the Lady Bulldogs this time 14-13 to won 47-41.

Lady Blue Devil Jasmine Ireland supported Williams’ effort with 10 points of her own, while recording nine assists, three steals and three rebounds in the win.

Escambia County’s Cha’Nae Lyles added eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, while Tiffany Madison scored two points with three rebounds, one steal and an assist.

Lady Blue Devil Breanna Martin led ECHS with nine rebounds and also had three steals and one assist.

Lady Devils 44

Lady Gators 24

Escambia County’s Lady Blue Devils led from beginning to end in their match up with the Satsuma Lady Gators.

A win was never in question as the Lady Blue Devils dominated the game winning by 20 points as they crushed Satsuma 44-24 in Satsuma.

Lady Blue Devils head coach Lorenzo Jones said his team played strong on defense.

“They gave a good effort on the defensive end of the court,” he said. “We missed a few good opportunities on offense, but still played well. We seem to be doing better down the stretch and the girls are starting to focus on their tasks. We are going to continue to trust in God and see where He leads us from here.”

The first half was all Lady Blue Devils as they jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter and followed up in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Gators 15-7 to go into halftime leading 24-12.

Escambia County continued to call the shots in the second quarter as they outscored the Lady Gators 10-7 in the third period and 10-5 in the fourth to come away with a huge win.

Lady Blue Devils Cha’Nae Lyles and Diamond Williams led ECHS with 13 points each. Lyles also recorded three asssists, three steals and two rebounds, while Williams recorded eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.