Lady Trojans fall in fourth to Booker T. Washington, eliminated from Regionals

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 25, 2000

Sports Editor

The season ended for the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans Thursday as their attempt to get past the Regional semifinals failed.

Booker T. Washington, running a scheme much like the Lady Trojans, did enough to hold CHHS off throughout the game and shut them down in the fourth quarter leading to a 64-49 win by the Lady Eagles.

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Charles Henderson never led in the game. They struggled in the early going with any run they put together being answered on the other end by BTW.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an 11-2 lead to start the game, but CHHS came back with a 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the first to trail by only two. They went on another small run in at the end of the second quarter to cut it to four, but BTW finished strong to lead 26-20 at the half.

The third was the Lady Trojans best quarter, but regrettably the Lady Eagles matched them step for step. CHHS hit four of their six 3-pointers in the third only to have Darnita Sullen hit two-straight treys and BTW hit a putback at the buzzer to outscore CHHS 22-20 in the period.

Things fell apart in the fourth for the Lady Trojans. Squandering easy looks at the basket, CHHS turned the ball over numerous times while on the other end the Lady Eagles couldn’t seem to miss. They held the Charles Henderson girls to only nine points in the quarter and held them scoreless for nearly seven minutes of that final period.

The Lady Eagles shot the lights out at Trojan Arena finishing with a healthy 52.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from the 3-point line. While Booker T. Washington was hitting its shots, the Lady Trojans couldn’t seem to get anything to fall.

Frantina Coleman was the story for Booker T. Washington as she hit for 14 points and dished out nine assists while teammate Kim Tarver had a big game in the paint with a game-high 19 points.

Charles Henderson was led by Jenean Deveridge with 17 points and five assists, she suffered nine turnovers, however as both teams lost the handle over 20 times. Clarissa Parker racked up 16 for the Lady Trojans and Kelly Miller had 12. Quanisha Suddith scored four, but kept CHHS alive in the paint with a game high 11 rebounds.

The game marked the end of the Lady Trojans season with a 10-8 overall record. CHHS head coach Dyneshia Jones will lose only one starter, senior Jessica Youngblood, and returns the team’s leading scorer in Deveridge, three-point shooter in Miller and the post presence of Parker as they try and build on this season and carry things past the Regionals next year.