Anderson’s hot hand leads Lady Raiders in win
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CLEVELAND SENIOR GUARD Sydnie Anderson brings the ball downcourt against Silverdale Academy Thursday, in the Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State. Anderson scored 25 points to lead the Lady Raiders to a win over the Lady Seahawks. Banner photo, LYNNAE ROBERTS
CLEVELAND SENIOR GUARD Sydnie Anderson brings the ball downcourt against Silverdale Academy Thursday, in the Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State. Anderson scored 25 points to lead the Lady Raiders to a win over the Lady Seahawks. Banner photo, LYNNAE ROBERTS
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CHATTANOOGA — Cleveland girls coach Mindy Kiser said the Lady Raiders feel they have something to prove after last year’s loss to Girls Preparatory School in the Best of Preps tournament finals.

Although a meeting with the Lady Bruisers will not happen in the championship game, the Lady Raiders have an opportunity for a measure of revenge this evening after a 56-40 win over Silverdale Academy (7-4). Cleveland (8-3) and GPS will tangle in a semifinals matchup at 7 tonight on the campus of Chattanooga State.

The Bruisers (7-3) advanced with a 53-34 victory over Brainerd.

“Our kids feel like they have something to accomplish while they are down here. I’m really proud of them. I think they’ve kind of had their sights set on Best of Preps maybe since last year when we lost in the finals to GPS,” Kiser said. “I think they are determined, I think they are ready to get the job done. Hopefully, we can do that. It was a good win. We have one down and two to go.”

The Lady Raiders go against GPS tonight at 7 in semifinals action at Chattanooga State.

Kiser admitted the win was not as smooth as what she would have liked to see, but attributed the rusty play to the significant Christmas layoff.

“It’s like any first game, especially coming back after a break. It was ugly, but we’ve had six days off. We practiced late last night and let the kids get some rest. We were going pretty strong at the end of the semester,” she said. It is also good to have Atarah (Abdullah-Muhammad) back in the lineup. It gives us some interesting things we can do in the coming weeks.”

Sydnie Anderson provided the lion’s share of the scoring for the Lady Raiders with 25 points. The senior guard was responsible for all but two of Cleveland’s 16 fourth-quarter points.

“She played a good game today, and she should,” Kiser said of her main shooter. “She is one of our best players and she needs to be getting to the rim and putting the ball in the hole on a consistent basis.”

Shawnia Anderson added 11 points to Cleveland’s total. Mariah Massengill was tops for Silverdale with 22 points and Sloane Woodard scored 13 for the Lady Seahawks.

The long layoff manifest itself for both squads in the early going. The Lady Raiders missed on 5-of-6 3-point tries in the first. Nora Berry scored Cleveland’s first 3-pointer with under a minute left to give the Lady Raiders a 12-6 lead.

“I was pleased with our effort. Our shots did not fall early. In the first quarter we missed a lot of shots, especially right around the rim,” Kiser said of the first eight minutes.

The 3-point effort took a turn for the better in the second quarter. Jenna Scoggins and Shawnia Anderson opened with back-to-back-to-back 3s. Sydnie Anderson added another trey with less than to minutes to play in the half where the Lady Raiders held a 30-23 lead.

“We were able to hit some outside shots we maybe don’t always hit in the course of a basketball game. Jenna Scoggins hit a couple, Nora (Berry) missed a couple and hit a couple,” said Kiser of the first half effort.

Scoring again took a drop in the third. The Lady Raiders added 10 points while Silverdale only managed eight.

Sydnie Anderson changed things in the fourth. With the Lady Raiders holding a 40-31 lead, Anderson charged the paint for 14 points, eight from the floor and six from the free-throw line to put a lock on the win for Cleveland.

“Coming in we knew they were going to play zone. We didn’t feel like they could match up with us man-to-man and we could get to the rim and do some things. We’ve got to continue to work on finishing at the rim and knocking down our free throws,” said Kiser.

“Our main concern right now is defense — if we are going to stay in front of somebody and step in and take a charge. Defense is supposed to be our calling card. We’ve got to find a way, especially in the half-court, to make people turn the ball over and get up and down the floor a little bit.”

In other Bop action, Chattanooga Christian defeated Chattanooga School for the Art and Sciences 58-50 in overtime and Baylor knocked off East hamilton 44-42.

LADY RAIDERS 56, LADY SEAHAWKS 40

Silverdale 6 17 8 9 — 40

Cleveland 12 18 10 16 — 56

Silverdale (40) — Mariah Massengale 22, Sloane Woodard 13, Skelton 3, Alosi 2, Lewis Redmond, Sims, Smith.

Cleveland (56) — Sydnie Anderson 25, Shania Anderson 11, Scoggins 6, Q. Abdullah-Muhammad 4, Berry 3, A. Abdullah-Muhammad 3, Capron 2, McClendon 2.

3-point goals: Silverdale (5) Woodard 3, Massengill 2; Cleveland (5) Scoggins 2. S. Anderson 2, Berry.

Records: Silverdale 7-4; Cleveland 8-3.