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MACON â€” Only leading by two points at halftime, the Quitman Lady Panthers proved their mettle in the second half, pulling away from the West Point Lady Wave for a 55-41 win Saturday afternoon at the Coleman-Triplett Classic on the campus of Noxubee County High School.
Shamaya Lyles and Alexis Gates led a reeling West Point (3-7) with 13 points each -- leading all scorers. Qiayon Bailey added six points in the losing effort.
Palexus Pittman led Quitman with 10 points -- the only Lady Panther to reach double figures.
The Lady Wave faced a six-point deficit at the close of the first quarter but was able to minimize the deficit in the second quarter. West Pointâ€™s Lyles provided seven points and Gates added six, closing the Quitman advantage in the final moments of the first 16 minutes, 24-22.
The Lady Panthers created seperation with a six of 10 shooting performance from the free-throw line in the second quarter, which turned into a strong second half where Quitman outscored West Point, mainly from the floor, 31-19.
The Lady Wave won the first two contests of December but have dropped the past three consecutive contests to non-district opponents, including losses to Noxubee County and Tupelo.
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