Darlington vs. Calhoun

Darlington’s Sydney Seymour (left) goes up for a basket during Friday’s game. (Steven Eckhoff / RN-T)

Kicking off the final day of the Christmas Tournament, the Darlington Lady Tigers faced the Calhoun Lady Yellow Jackets in the girls’ third-place game at Berry College on Friday. 

Calhoun went on an 8-2 run to start the game to finish 17-9 in their favor at the end of the first quarter. Anna George scored eight points for the Jackets in the first period alone, and Railey Greeson added five of her own.

The Lady Jackets built on their lead in the second quarter, and their defense stepped up. The Lady Tigers only had four points in the quarter, and Calhoun took a 25-13 lead going into the break.

Sydney Seymour was the main bright spot for Darlington (2-5) on the day, as she scored over half of her team’s points as she put up 19. Even though 13 of those points came in the second half, it was not enough to influence the final score.

Calhoun (4-4) really took control in the third period as they outscored the Lady Tigers 19-5 in the quarter as five different Lady Jackets knocked down shots.

Darlington (2-5) had the advantage in the final quarter as they went on a 16-13 run to end the game.

Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, it was too little too late as Calhoun was victorious, 57-34, to take home the third-place trophy.

“It was a great job. We bounced back today. Last night, we looked a little sloppy to say the least,” Calhoun coach Kayla Ralston said. “I just talked (to them) about effort and finishing all four quarters and not letting up the whole time. Tonight, we did that. We had some young girls really step up and go hard after it. We’re very young. We only have one senior on the team, and those girls are maturing,” said Calhoun coach Kayla Ralston.

Region play will heat up for both teams in the new year, and Calhoun’s focus will shift to that part of the season.

“I think by region time that we’ll be ready to go, and we’re going to shock a lot of people I believe,” Ralston said.