ATHENS – On opening night for both squads, the Athens Indians girls’ basketball team came away with a 31-24 victory over St. Philip.
The Tigers led much of the game, including a 14-12 halftime advantage and a 21-15 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Athens responded with a strong fourth quarter, however, outscoring St. Philip 16-3 in the final eight minutes to come out with a seven-point victory.
“They’re pretty solid defensively,” Athens coach Calvin Quist said. “Tony [Warren] does a great job with them. But I thought we played pretty solid defense on them, too.”
In the win for the Indians, Noelle Fuller scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals, while Jillayne Wheeler had seven points.
For St. Philip, Kameron Haley led the way with 14 points, six rebounds, and three steals, and Megan Gordon added eight points, seven boards, and three assists.
“Athens is a solid ball club,” St. Philip coach Tony Warren said. “In the fourth, they hit a three and got some quick layups, and we just couldn’t sustain our lead at that point.
“Historically, they’ve been the best program in Class D. I thought we were more evenly matched with them this time than we have been in the past. This is the first time we’ve really been able to be competitive with them.”
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