Fourth quarter struggles kept the Stephens County Lady Indians from winning their first game of the season Tuesday evening at the Currahee Arena.
Leading the Lady Wildcats of Rabun County by 12 at the end of the third quarter, Stephens County’s girls could only score one point in the fourth, while Rabun County scored 15 to send the Lady Indians down to defeat by a score of 46-44.
Charity Major and Mya Cleveland each scored nine points to lead Stephens County. Meredith Tally scored 12 and Meredith Vinson scored 11 to lead Rabun County.
The Rabun County girls went to the free throw line 32 times Tuesday night, hitting 20 of them. Stephens County was 9-22 at the line.
The Lady Indians are now 0-3.
In the boys’ game, Stephens County started off slow, but gained momentum as the game progressed. Fred Smith scored 20 points to lead the Indians to a 70-57 win.
It was the Indians’ second win over Rabun County this year, as they had beaten the Wildcats previously in the Piedmont Tournament.
Kamichi Fleming added 15 points for Stephens County.
The Indians trailed 22-14 after the first period, but then caught fire and outscored the Wildcats the rest of the way.
Tyler Stockton led Rabun County with 14 points and Jordon Oliver contributed 13.
The Indians are 2-1. Rabun drops to 1-2.
Next up for the Indians will be the Madison County Red Raiders on Friday. The game will be played at the Madison County Middle School starting at 7 p.m. Air time on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com will be 6:45 p.m.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s game with Franklin County has been postponed and moved to Friday, December 21.