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Lady Blue Devils fall to Robertsdale 38-34

ECHS Lady Blue Devil Jasmine Ireland weaves through Robertsdale defenders to get to the hoop in the Lady Blue Devils’ loss on Thursday night.|Photo by AJ Beachy

An off night by the team’s leading scorer did not help the Escambia County Lady Blue Devils against the Robertsdale Lady Bears in Thursday night’s match up at ECHS.

Lady Blue Devil Diamond Williams was only able to score four points in the contest, which the Lady Blue Devils (10-13, 2-4) lost 38-34.

Escambia County controlled the game for one half, but following halftime, Robertsdale found a way to win.

In the first quarter, the Lady Blue Devils were able to play strong on defense as they were able to build a lead on the Lady Bears outscoring them 13-8.

Robertsdale was able to cut into Atmore’s lead in the second period in the second quarter by outscoring them 7-4 to go into halftime with ECHS leading 17-15.

Following halftime, the Lady Blue Devils could not put together the offensive effort needed to compete with Robertsdale for the win.

In the third quarter, the Lady Blue Devils could only score five points, but allowed the Lady Bears to score eight giving Robertsdale their first lead of the game.

Trailing 23-22 at the start of the fourth quarter, ECHS gave their best effort to come away with the win, but without the production of their leading scorer they were unable to outscore the Lady Bears who won the quarter 15-12 and the game 38-34.

Lady Blue Devils head coach Lorenzo Jones noted the lack of scoring by Williams and the absence of another player for the loss.

“With our leading scorer Diamond (Williams) on an off night, we didn’t have Cha’Nae Lyles to pick up the slack,” Jones said. “The lack of offense from her absence was the difference in the game. Our defense did a good job for us, but we couldn’t get it going on offense. We are still optimistic about the area tournament and with Lyles back, we know we can win it.”

The Lady Blue Devils were led by Jasmine Ireland who scored 15 points in the loss. She also recorded four steals and one assist.

Nicole Johnson added nine points for the Lady Blue Devils to go along with six rebounds and a steal.

Williams and Breanna Martin rounded out the scoring with four points each. Williams also recorded 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Martin had two rebounds and a a steal.

Lady Bulldogs 60

Lady Devils 55

A rough first quarter held the Escambia County Lady Blue Devils down in their attempt to knock off the area champion UMS-Wright Lady Bulldogs at ECHS on Tuesday night.

The period proved to be the difference as ECHS fell 60-55.

In the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs led by as many as 18, but at the end of the period were leading 20-6.

The Lady Blue Devils got on the ball in the second quarter as they got back into the game outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 13-12.

At the break, UMS led 32-19.

Following halftime, the Lady Blue Devils picked up where they left off in the second quarter by cutting into the Lady Bulldogs’ lead outscoring them 22-13.

Trailing 45-41 to begin the final period, the Lady Blue Devils pushed the Lady Bulldogs for the entire quarter, but could not overcome the small deficit with UMS outscoring them 15-14 to win 60-55.

Lady Blue Devils Cha’Nae Lyles and Jasmine Ireland led ECHS in the game. Lyles scored 18 points with four assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Ireland recorded 15 points six assists, two rebounds and two steals.