THOMASVILLE -- After her team's 54-48 overtime win Friday over Sumter in the first round of the CNS/Reebok Holiday Hoopfest, Cairo head coach Lucy Baker was not happy with her team's performance.

Saturday, her team responded against Lowndes County.

The Syrupmaids rolled by the Vikettes with a 59-46 victory and advanced to the championship round Monday at 7 p.m.

"It was a lot better than it was yesterday," Baker said.

"They did a good job. I'm real proud of all the team."

It was a team performance for the Syrupmaids as it seemed everyone contributed in some form or fashion.

Tierra Hutcherson had a huge game, especially early in the game. With her team trailing 6-4, Hutcherson drove to the basket but missed the shot. Lowndes came down with the rebound, but Hutcherson snatched the ball away and laid in the easy deuce.

Hutcherson's hustle showed again in the second quarter. With Cairo leading by five points, Lowndes moved the ball up court.

Hutcherson stepped up and just took the ball away and drove down for a lay-up.

She finished with a game-high 16 points.

"She had a good game," Baker said.

Cairo center Shawnta Pope chipped in 11 points, but it was her presence off the glass that proved to be the difference.

Whether it was on the offensive or defensive rebounds, the Vikettes couldn't contain the senior.

She outplayed Lowndes center Connie Powers.

Powers managed just five points.

Lowndes' best player, Miaie Williams, managed 18 points, but didn't shoot well.

"She didn't get anything easy," Baker said. "She had to work for them. We didn't give her anything."

Baker credited (No. 11) Ashley Williams for controlling Miaie and not allowing her to get easy shots.

"No. 11 did a good job for us," Baker said.

Williams also was big on the offensive end of the floor, getting several open looks at the basket and cashing in. She scored 14 points.

Point guard Latoya Brown helped the Syrupmaids with her ball-handling ability, as the Vikettes tried to cause turnovers with their full-court pressure. She finished with 14 points as well.

It was a team effort that helped improve the Syrupmaids' record to 6-1.

"They did what we asked them to do," Baker said.



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