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Ridge offense awakens too late at Deep South

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Peachtree Ridge's Cymphonie Buford, left, tries to rebound the ball as Forest Park's Nicole Wilson and Keyonna Allen, right, box her out on Tuesday.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Peachtree Ridge's Cymphonie Buford, left, tries to rebound the ball as Forest Park's Nicole Wilson and Keyonna Allen, right, box her out on Tuesday.

SNELLVILLE -- Erika Waters woke up, it was just too late.

Peachtree Ridge's senior point guard spent the first three quarter dishing out her game-high five assists while racking up four fouls and as many points.

But in the fourth quarter, with her team trailing by 11, she started to find her shot. She scored eight of her 12 points in the final quarter, but couldn't bring her Lions back in a 59-51 loss to Forest Park in the winner's bracket of the Deep South Classic.

"We put a lot of Erika," said Peachtree Ridge head coach James Clanahan. "She plays the whole game."

Literally.

Waters didn't come out in the final minute of the first half after picking up her second foul and she came out only in spurts in the final minutes of the game as the Lions scrapped their way back with fouls and quick shots. Then, with less than 30 seconds left she fouled out. Waters' exit followed Brittany Jack's fifth foul and took the Lions two main scoring threats off the floor.

Jack scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the loss.

No other Lion reached double digits in scoring and, at times, Forest Park couldn't miss.

Jessica Anderson hit three 3s on her way to 13 points and Ashlee Cole led the all scorers with 21 points evenly scored over four quarters.

Cole scored in every way. She made her own shot off the dribble, she sank running layups, hit a 3 and made 6 of 8 from the free throw line.

"Their 3-ball was on," Clanahan said. "They can shoot the ball."

So can the Lions, but they struggled to find consistency against Forest Park. Even Jack and Waters missed open looks.

"She knows the big task at hand," Clanahan said of Waters.

Keyonna Allen scored 16 for Forest Park and dominated the inside with a pair of blocks and nine rebounds. Her presence make the Lions settle for jump shots and baskets came sporadically.

"We didn't shoot the ball well," Clanahan said. We're going to work on it. We're going to work to get better."