Valdosta, GA - Valdosta State moved to an impressive 3-1 in the Gulf South Conference and 9-8 overall with a dominating showing against West Florida. Behind Sczeny Hartry and Brittany Daniels the Lady Blazers put away the Argonauts, 69-57, dropping West Florida to 7-11 and 0-4 in GSC play.
Hartry was the star of the game, single-handedly outscoring West Florida by halftime, 17-13, to put Valdosta State ahead, 30-13, at the break. Hartry finished with 21 points on seven of 12 shooting, four of seven from beyond the arc. She started off six of seven overall in the first half and four of five from distance.
Daniels doubled up on the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes. She shot 70 percent from the field to help Valdosta State finish 48.1 percent from the field. The Lady Blazers were also an outstanding 38.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Lady Blazers dominated the paint (26 points), off turnovers (18 points), second chance points (16), on the break (17 points) and off the bench (31 points).
With the score tied at 11 just seven minutes into the game, the Lady Blazers went on an 11-0 run over the next eight minutes. First, Daniels hit a layup, then Hartry buried a three-pointer from Bena Hanyard.
Two possessions later, Hartry blocked Victoria Cecil’s shot, rebounded it and went the distance for a layup and a foul. She made the free throw to give VSU the 19-11 lead with nine minutes left in the first frame.
Daniels made a free throw and a midrange jumper from Courtney Mitchell to make it 22-11 before West Florida’s Jessica Young finally broke the run. Young played a strong game, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Argos in both categories.
After Young made her shot, Hartry dropped another three followed by five points from Alisha Crawford to make it a 19-2 run to close out the half with a 30-13 VSU lead.
Valdosta State came out scoring at the beginning of the second half to earn a 27-point lead, 55-28, with just under 12 minutes left to play. That is when West Florida started to chip away at the score.
The closest West Florida would get, however, is just within 11 points on an Emily Erland three-pointer with one-minute left. Valdosta State hit four free throws and a jumper after that to secure the win.
Next on VSU’s docket is West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., at 2 p.m. Saturday.