The Swainsboro Lady Tigers (10-9) have been a hot team as the state playoffs start this week, winning 6 of their past 8 games. Swainsboro took down Vidalia last Tuesday in the first round of the region playoffs 50-43 to lock down a berth into the state playoffs and completed their week with a 62-55 win versus Toombs County to secure a #3 seed.
The Tigers came out against Vidalia determined defensively to make the Indians earn every inch they moved on the court. Swainsboro scored the first 12 points, and Vidalia didn’t get a shot to the rim for the first 4.5 minutes as the Tigers turned the Indians over repeatedly to take complete control. Serah Kelly led the way with 18 points, and Meyah Rawls and Jayden Wynn each had 11 points.
Swainsboro matched up with the #1 seed and top 5 ranked East Laurens Falcons next, losing a close one 46-41. This put the Tigers in a #3/4 seed battle against Toombs County, and Swainsboro came out with the victory 62-55 to catapult them into a state playoff road game on Tuesday against Lamar County. Swainsboro once again turned on the defense in the opening quarter controlling the action 19-7 as Kelly went off for 12 points in the first period. The Tigers maintained their lead throughout and secured a 7-point victory.
Swainsboro will travel to Lamar County on Tuesday Feb. 23 to play a very difficult first round matchup against an opponent who is 17-5 and the #2 seed from Region 3-AA, a very strong region.