Senior Kiera Johnson scored 19 points and junior Kayla Cato added 11 for the Lady Red Devils, who lost their first game of the season mainly due to a 31-13 halftime deficit.
“We did come out very flat but we were very impressed with the late-game rally we made,” Druid Hills coach Michael House said. “That is the way we want to play for 32 minutes, but we just played 16 minutes of basketball.”
Not long after the break, Johnson, who finished with more than 10 rebounds, ignited and capped a 13-2 run with baskets in the paint, reducing the Lady Rams’ lead to just 33-26 in the third quarter.
“Kiera is going to be our leading rebounder and leading scorer,” House said. “She is our go-to player.”
But a bucket by Bria Clanton (12 points) sparked a 9-4 burst to extend Arabia Mountain’s cushion to 12 entering the final quarter.
When it appeared the Lady Rams were about to rebuild their lead back to 20 points, Cato converted a three-point play to ignite another run. Johnson fueled the burst with eight points to pull the team within 50-45 with more than two minutes remaining.
But once again, the Lady Rams had an answer down the stretch and improved to 4-0 all-time against the Lady Red Devils, who trailed the entire game.
“Those two working side-by-side are a dangerous duo,” said House of Johnson and Cato, who dominated the paint on both ends in the second half. “I’m just thrilled to be able to work with them and we look forward to the remainder of the season.”
These two teams will meet again at Druid Hills on Jan. 18.