BY Janet Schrader, Democrat Reporter

The last time Lady Dog basketball took on Florida High they lost by a ton of points. This time the Florida High Lady Seminoles were shocked to discover they faced a much more organized and aggressive team. But the Lady Dogs lost the game in the final minutes 42-43.

The Lady Dogs started the game minus several key players out due to disciplinary reasons. The starting five for the Florida High game were #4 Getoria Clayton, #22 Sharon Jelks, #12 Cheretta Ross, #5 Erika Haynes and #14 Paris Perry.

The Lady Dogs struggled without their top scorer, Shemella Brady and second-leading scorer Dominique Brown through the first period. Florida High took an early lead. The Lady Dogs ended the first period down 4-12.

The second period was a different story. Brady and Brown came in off the bench and lead the Lady Dogs in a come back. By the end of the half, the score was 20-23. The Lady Dogs had closed to within three points.

But the same starters began the second half as the first and the Lady Dogs lost more ground. But Brown and Brady came in after four minutes of play and the Lady Dogs began gaining ground again. By the end of the third it was a two-point game, the Lady Dogs were down 30-32.

In the fourth period the Suwannee fans began to complain about the quality of the officiating. It was a rough game and the refs seemed to lose control.

Dominique Brown managed to tie the score at 36 with a lovely jump shot in the fourth and the Lady Dogs went ahead on another great Brown shot. The score went to 40-38 and for the first time in two games, Suwannee was up on Florida High.

The Lady Dogs went up by four points only to have it chopped to one by a three-point goal by Florida High. The fans were on their feet as Florida High had the ball and were down by one point with 37 seconds left to play. Florida High scored and Suwannee lost the game by one 42-43. It was a great effort by the Lady Dogs in a game they would have easily won had it not been for the players out for disciplinary reasons.

Shemella Brady led the scoring with 16. Erika Haynes scored nine. Dominique Brown scored eight. Cheretta Ross scored five points and Getoria Clayton and Paris Perry each had two points.

Look for the Lady Dogs Saturday night against the tough team of Lafayette/Mayo. The game will start at 6 p.m. followed by the Dogs playing at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support this amazing group of Suwannee athletes. Go Lady Dogs!

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