The Graceville gym was rocking last Friday with three basketball games scheduled and a rescheduled crowning of the 2018-19 homecoming queen. The first of those games was the Lady Tigers hosting their cross-county rival Sneads. It was a contest through to the end with Graceville coming up short in the second quarter that proved to be the difference in the 52-45 loss to Sneads.
Both teams were on equal ground in the first quarter with Graceville taking the 10-9 lead. Nay Nay Baker led with a three-pointer for Sneads while it was Niyaa Martin with six points for Graceville. The second quarter was a tough quarter with Graceville posting just four points, while Sneads added a point to their first-quarter efforts to make it a 19-14 game at the half. Lacee Glover led Snead with five points in the second while Jazmine Bellamy and Maya Olds both put up two points each for the Lady Tigers.
In the third quarter, Graceville’s offense found their rhythm again and put up 11 points but the Lady Pirates continued to mount a lead, posting 12 points and taking a 31-25 lead into the final quarter of play. Aliyah Wilburn tied the game in the fourth quarter on back-to-back downtown shots and tallied 10 fourth-quarter points. Niyaa Martin and Jazmine Bellamy both added five points each in the fourth. Aleecea Hudson was the points leader for Sneads in the fourth with seven, followed by Kazia Gainer and Nay Nay Baker with six points each.
Leading Graceville in scoring on the night was Jazmine Bellamy with 17 points, followed by Niyaa Martin with 12 and Aliyah Wilburn with 11 points. Sneads was led by Aleecea Hudson having a WNBA kind of night 22 points on the board, followed by Kazia Gainer and Nay Nay Baker in double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively. On board with nine points was Lacee Glover.