THOMASVILLE -- The Cairo Syrupmaids overcame a seven-point halftime deficit Friday night against Region 1-AAAA rival Thomas County Central to win 61-54.
The win improved the Syrupmaids' record to 6-0 in region play.
While Cairo improved its record, the Lady Yellow Jackets made it tough, in particular their guards, Latasha Weatherspoon and Trenisa McLemore.
"My hat's off to No. 10 (McLemore) and No. 11 (Weatherspoon)," Cairo head coach Lucy Baker said. "They played their behinds off."
Both McLemore and Weatherspoon each scored 19 points. The two sparked Central's 21-6 spurt in the second quarter that helped it surge to a 31-24 lead. Central scored the last nine points in the quarter. McLemore launched a three-pointer to give Central a 25-24 lead. She later added another long-range three-pointer.
Weatherspoon's defense and hustle sparked Central's second-quarter spurt.
She had several key steals that stalled Cairo's offense in the first half.
"She just played an all-around great game," Central head coach Jenny Johnson said.
The Syrupmaids came out of the locker rooms in the third quarter with a spurt of their own, outscoring the Lady Yellow Jackets 21-7. Cairo point guard Latoya Brown led the Syrupmaids' comeback with a couple of clutch long-range treys.
Brown finished with 15 points.
Cairo ended the third quarter on a 19-3 run, leading to its 45-38 lead, heading into the fourth quarter.
Central's lack of size hurt down the stretch as it allowed too many offensive rebounds, several by Cairo's Shawnta Pope. She finished with 17 points, eight of which came off the offensive glass.
"That kills you. You can't win if you don't rebound on defense," Johnson said.
Central was able to close the gap to four late in the game, but free throws, including two by Brown, sealed the Syrupmaids' victory.
"I feel very, very blessed," Baker said in reference to her team's wins over Central and Dougherty (Friday).
Johnson couldn't have asked for more out of young squad.
"Overall, they did a good job," Johnson said. "I'm glad they could step up."
"My hat's off to them. They sure don't have anything to hang their head about," Baker said.
In the boys' game, Cairo cruised past Central 76-53. Clifford Hammonds led the Syrupmakers attack with 24 points, including a thunderous dunk off a fast break steal in the second half.
Andrew Johnson sparked the Syrupmakers' offense early with a couple of three-pointers. He finished with 11 points.
The Syrupmakers' free-throw shooting was also key in their region victory. Cairo finished 20-for-24 from the charity stripe.
Central was led by Jamar Moore.
He finished with 13 points.
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