Lady Skyhawks going green
First, the Lady Skyhawks started three eighth graders against the visiting Ben Lippen Lady Falcons Friday, January 17, and their top contributor off the bench was— you guessed it— an eighth grader. To say this lineup is “green” is an understatement.
Second, Hammond’s best player is a “wiley, old” sophomore named Amelia... Amelia Green, that is.
So, Hammond “went Green” and the greenies delivered. Four eighth graders combined for 33 points as Trinity Johnson led the way with 16. Morgan Walker added eight. Ahlea Myers finished with six, and Baylor McCrary chipped in four off the bench.
As for Amelia Green, she knocked in a gamehigh 23 points and led Hammond to a 56-33 SCISA Region I-3A victory.
Lora Carter led Ben Lippen with 12 points, nine of which she got in the first quarter. Her basket at the 2:40 mark of the first gave the Lady Falcons an 8-7 lead, but Walker hit a couple of free throws and a bucket for Hammond, and Green closed the quarter with four fast break points and a couple of free throws to put Hammond up 17-11.
Hannah Cureton’s basket at the 3:42 mark of the second quarter closed the gap for Ben Lippen to 21-17, but the Lady Skyhawks finished the half on an 8-0 run led by Green’s four points.
Hammond went on to build a 37-19 lead in the third quarter with baskets from Johnson, Green, and Walker, but three straight field goals from Ben Lippen’s Kristen Little cut the margin to 12. McCrary sank a jumper to stop the run and gave the Lady Skyhawks a 39-25 lead going into the fourth.
Hammond then put the clamps on Ben Lippen not allowing the Lady Falcons a point until there was 4:54 left in the game. Abby Alfrey finally broke the ice for Ben Lippen with a 3-pointer, but, by then, the Lady Skyhawks were in command with a 49-28 lead.
Little finished with 10 points for Ben Lippen. Eighth grader Hannah Trawick added four. Alfrey had three, and Hannah Cureton and Leah Austin each finished with two for the Lady Falcons.