It was just a regular opening season game for two local teams in separate districts, but on Monday night in the Nelson County gym there were moments when it looked like a fight for a championship before the Lady Govs pounded out a 41-29 victory against Amherst County.
At the start, both teams struggled with scoring -- as to be expected in your first game -- but as time ticked away, the pair of former Seminole District rivals found the net along with battles on the floor.
Players on both teams had no problem battling each other in the paint along with scrambling on the floor for loose balls.
"We struggled offensively tonight. Nelson played a zone against us and took away our inside threats and forced us to play on the perimeter," said Amherst Coach Ron Carter. "They were aggressive on the boards and secured more loose balls than we did. We will figure out what we need to improve and continue to work hard in practice."
Nelson took a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and at intermission extended its advantage to 19-14.
On the Nelson County side coach Petey Vaughan said his girls started out nervous but they settled down as the game progressed.
Lady Gov Summer Scruggs came off the bench late in the second quarter and after one drive to the basket as she pulled up from beyond the arc to drain a three-pointer.
Scruggs repeated her long-range bombs with a pair of threes in the third quarter.
"I knew she could hit those," said Vaughan, who was pleased but not surprised with Scruggs shooting.
While the experienced Nelson players held their own in the physical contest, freshman Rachel Thompson also had a standout first game performance for her Lady Gov squad.
Thompson, the smallest player on the court, showed the biggest heart at times, taking on the larger Amherst girls with multiple on-the-floor battles for the ball while getting possession on most.
Scorers for Amherst were Kendra Smith, 2 points; Aneesa Parrish, 8; Dominique Irving, 2; Jasmine West, 8; and Nadia West, 9.
The Lady Govs had six players to get in the score book while Dominique Morrison was the only Nelson player in double figures with 10 points.
Scruggs and Lady Gov Hailea White contributed nine each.
Lady Gov Alexis Martin added five steals and six assists and teammate Anayiah Randolph posted four steals.