Lady Chargers victorious in home opener

Girls Basketball 2 by Adam Hatcher

Aujana Dawkins attempts to block a Lady Cougar from scoring during the Lady Chargers’ home opener, Nov. 11. Photo by Adam Hatcher

The Lady Chargers defeated the Lady Cougars of Cleveland State 70-40 in their home opener Nov. 11.

Skye Overby, guard for the Lady Chargers, said, “We did pretty well, but we could have hustled a little bit more in the first half.”

The Lady Chargers went into halftime with a 32-18 lead. After a Veteran’s Ceremony where Georgia Highlands thanked the veterans in attendance, the Lady Chargers came out strong against Cleveland State in the second period.

“We played pretty tough. I think we just had to keep the tempo up,” said Aujana Dawkins, forward for the Lady Chargers.

Colorguard, chorus, and players by Adam Hatcher

Before the home opener, the Lady Chargers and attendees acknowledge and celebrate Veterans Day with the Honors Chorus from Garden Lakes Elementary and the Junior Color Guard from Rome High School. Photo by Adam Hatcher

Demetrius Colson, assistant women’s basketball coach, said that it was the defensive mistakes that hurt the team the most in this game.

Leading scorers for the Lady Chargers were Dawkins with 28 points and 19 rebounds, Deana Blankinship with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Danyelle Blankinship with 11 points and four rebounds.