The #1 ranked and undefeated Clayton State women’s basketball team took its first step in capturing its fourth Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship Thursday, defeating Armstrong Atlantic 76-44 at Columbus State’s Frank G. Lumpkin Center.
All-Peach Belt Conference performer Kayla "KMob" Mobley sparked the Laker victory, tying her career best with 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Mobley poured in 18 points in the first half.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 27-0 overall and advance to the PBC Tournament semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m., where they will play 25th-ranked USC Aiken.
Leading 10-8 with 13:15 remaining in the first half, the Lakers went on a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. Peach Belt Player of the Year Drameka "MeMe" Griggs ignited the run with a steal and layup and capped the stretch with a jumper to give the squad a 25-11 lead.
The Lakers extended their lead even further over the last two minutes of the first half. Mobley hit two free throws to give the squad a 17-point lead followed by All-Peach Belt performer Shacamra "Shay" Jackson making a basket in the paint to give the team a 36-17 advantage.
In the second half, the Lakers opened with another of their patented runs, (14-4) and never looked back. A three-point play Griggs off a steal gave the team an insurmountable 52-23 advantage with 15:29 remaining. The squad led by 40 points, 76-36, on a three-point play by Shannon Smith.
Clayton State’s defense excelled in the win, holding Armstrong to 24 percent (15-of-62) shooting for the game.
Behind Mobley’s 22 points, Griggs finished with 17 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Smith finished 12 points and six boards. Jackson chipped in nine points to go along with eight rebounds.