Georgetown girls move past Waccamaw 32-28

Keimorie Smith

Georgetown Lady Bulldog Keimorie Smith tries to maneuver around the Warriors defense to score in Friday’s game against Waccamaw. Georgetown won the game 32-28.

GEORGETOWN- The game was tight but the Georgetown girls’ varsity basketball team pulled through in the end when it mattered.

The Lady Bulldogs won against Waccamaw 32-28 at home on Friday night, moving up to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in Region VII-3A play.

“I’m proud of them for their effort. They came out; we played (Georgetown) couple of weeks ago in the tournament and they kind of bullied us around and were much more physically on us,” said Waccamaw girls’ head coach Matthew Vassallo.

The game he is referring to took place in the Waccamaw Christmas Classic on Dec. 28 at Waccamaw High. Even though they lost, Coach Brown says that his girls made some improvement from their last game with Georgetown.

“We did a much better job this game in the first half but in the second half they kind of dominated us on the boards but I’m proud of the effort overall,” Coach Brown said. He says improvements the team needs to make include “taking it to the hoop, being more aggressive on offensive and not settling for bad shots” for more games to come.

On the other side, Georgetown girls’ head coach Tony Ford called this a tough game with Waccamaw.

“We played tough, we missed a lot of shots, but Waccamaw came to play tonight,” Coach Ford said. “We missed a lot of wide open shots. I’m not going to make any excuses.”

Georgetown led a tight first half, with them closing out the first quarter with an 8-7 lead and in the second quarter Georgetown outscored Waccamaw 9-5 to take a 17-12 into the half.

Georgetown was down one point guard playing a key factor in the game so the team had to improvise.

“We never kill it and we kept pressing it but they keep turning the ball over so we had to do that to bring it out at the end,” said Ford. “Waccamaw did an excellent job on pressing the ball. I wasn’t pleased with our effort at the end at all. You be looking for the one guard and we couldn’t get her loose and we didn’t have anywhere to go because we’re not used to that with one guard.”

In the second half, Georgetown outscored the Warriors 9-3 in the third quarter to take a 26-15 lead. Finally at the end, Waccamaw sophomore Yazmine Syndab scored a three-pointer in the last two minutes of the game. With the Warriors looking to close in on Bulldogs, Georgetown had to keep pressure off the ball and run down the clock to ultimately win the game. Waccamaw outscored Georgetown 13-6 in the fourth, but still lost the game.

After playing Manning at home on Tuesday, Georgetown will face Hanahan on the road at 6 p.m. on Friday. Waccamaw, after playing against Bishop England at home on Tuesday, will face off against Aynor on Thursday in another home game starting at 6 p.m.

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