The early lead foreshadowed what was to come as Osborne rolled over the Lady Spartans 68-27 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Cardinals will host Tucker in the second round Monday.
Nikira Goings led the onslaught with 22 points and was 6-for-8 from the field in the second half to keep the Lady Spartans at bay. Zutorya Cook finished with 16 points and Alexis Singletary finished with 10.
Osborne also won by doing what it does best, creating turnovers and scoring points off most of them. The Lady Cardinals forced South Paulding into 25 turnovers.
Osborne forced eight in the first quarter, making it difficult for South Paulding to get the ball over half court.
The game started with a Jazzmon Rouse short bank shot. Singletary followed with a jumper, Goings put back a miss, Cook made a layup after a steal and Goings hit another jumper for a 10-0 lead with the game a little more than 2 minutes old.
The Lady Spartans called timeout when Singletary scored a field goal for a 14-0 Osborne lead. Cook added another layup off a steal to make it 16-0 before Kelsi Fizer converted a three-point play at 2:59 to put South Paulding on the board.
“We came out trying to deny them the ball,” Osborne coach Melanie Samuel said. “We wanted to come out hard in the press. That’s our game. We try to get them to turn the ball over and make layups.”
Osborne outscored South Paulding 27-4 in the opening quarter and continued putting the heat on South Paulding in the second. It started with a 3-pointer by Jazmonn Rouse. Singletary finished a Cook miss for a 29-7 lead before Goings hit the first of two 3-pointers for a 32-9 lead.
The Lady Cardinals put the game out of reach in the first half by outscoring South Paulding 18-4 in the second.