On Nov. 20, the Lady Warriors earned a 55-27 victory over Eastside. Senior forward Amber Brown led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and junior point guard Marquita Daniels added 13 points and five of the Lady Warriors’ 19 steals.
“I thought in the first half we did pretty good,” SACA girls’ coach Jackie Cowan said. “In the second half we got a little laxed and weren’t as focused but for it to be the first game of the season — just to get the jitters out and incorporate the newer players in — I thought we did okay. I give us a C. We will take the win but we got a lot of work to do.”
As a result of SACA’s full-court pressure and half-court traps, the Lady Warriors scored the game’s first nine points and led 24-2 at the end of the first quarter. Daniels did most of her damage in the frame with 11 quick points and Brown followed by notching half of her total in the period.
“[Marquita’s] being more assertive,” Cowan said. “I think last year she kind of stepped back a little bit, played her role. Now, I feel like she is trying to step up and run the team — take the lead as a point guard which is what we need for her to do.”
The next day the Lady Warriors had to get a better grade from their coach after a 72-28 rout of North Clayton. Alexis Carter led the way with 24 points and Daniels added 17 and eight steals.
Brown scored 16 points for SACA, which led 40-17 at the half. Carter and Daniels both manufactured more points than the Lady Eagles combined in the third quarter with 15 and nine, respectively.
On Nov. 24, the Lady Warriors closed the tournament with a 61-27 win over Stockbridge. In 2010, SACA earned a 2-1 record in the Thanksgiving tournament.