BENTON — The Greenville Christian School Lady Saints did not have to play as well as it did Wednesday against Newton Academy if it hoped to advance in the state tournament. But, after a week layoff because of winter weather, it sure was good to see the Saints click on all cylinders.
Sparked by Jakayla Williams’ season-high 34 points, GCS put on a sharp shooting display to jump out to a lead over Newton. Combined with their smothering full-court defense, the Saints had the game tucked away quite early as they went on to win 74-36 and advance to the semifinals of the MAIS Class 2A tournament at Benton Academy.
GCS is set to face Columbus Christian Friday at 3 p.m. in the state semifinals. The state championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
“We shot the ball well all game, and we rebounded well. Our team seemed to have jelled in this game and that is good to see,” Greenville Christian Coach brother Sandifer said.
Along with Williams, Tariyah Washington, Taylor Ellis and Sinaya Mcafee also had nice offensive nights. Washington scored 16 points, Mcafee scored scored 12 and Ellis scored 8.
“Between Jakayla and Tariyah shooting the ball well, along with Taylor Ellis, it really stood out,” Coach Sandifer said.
Sandifer’s Lady Saints advanced all the way to the state championship game last season, and this season look to have another good shot of winning the first state championship in the history of the program.
“We are just looking at the next game against Columbus Christian. They are a really good team.”