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by Savanna Pope

Willie Herring grabs a rebound and knocks down the contested shot. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
Willie Herring grabs a rebound and knocks down the contested shot. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
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The Lady Leopards fought with everything they had against Princeton in Thursday’s make-up game, but Lakewood couldn’t get the break they needed to gain the lead. The final score was 45-35 with the Lady Bulldogs taking home the win.

Lakewood fell short by only 2 points in the first quarter as they didn’t seem to be quite on their shooting game with it ending with a score of 10-8. By halftime, Princeton had increased their lead by 7 points, 21-14.

Missing a few key rebounds, and giving up the ball on steals, Lakewood’s trouble only got worse. The third quarter score ended with the Bulldogs up by 13, 30-23.

Lakewood’s head coach, Loften Kerr, said “I’m a little disappointed, but I thought we played hard. We put in a good effort, but we just can’t score lately. I think the little things that we should have gotten, Princeton got, and that hurt us. I told the girls to play hard, and to not quit, and they don’t ever quit. All and all the team played hard and we just have to get ready for our game tomorrow.”

The top scorer for the Leopards was Rashyda Parker with 12 points. Brianna Evans put up 9 points and Jada Moore added to the score with 6 points. Chanel Mclellon scored 4 points; Justina Henry and Bianca Boone each scored 2 points.

The Lady Leopards are now sporting a 5-4 record in the conference and 11-7 overall. They will travel to Neuse Charter on Friday.

The Leopards faced another hard loss on Thursday when they couldn’t hold on for the win against the No. 1 Princeton Bulldogs and fell 63-51 in the final quarter.

The Leopard varsity took the lead right after the opening tip-off and kept it for most of the game. They were leading 13-11 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Leopards didn’t let go of that lead in the 2nd quarter either, as they aggressively went for the ball and turned on their shooting power. The half ended with the Leopards up 31-23. Lakewood stayed in the lead in the 3rd quarter with the win almost in hand with a score of 44-38.

It was in the final 8 minutes that Princeton managed a comeback, sinking their foul shots, and snagging the rebounds, to snatch the win away from from Lakewood.

Leopard head coach Sylvester Pittman was proud of the way his Leopards played despite the loss.

“Princeton is the number one team in the conference right now, and I thought we were able to play a very good first half. Even going into the fourth quarter we were up by 7 points, but Princeton made a good little run and we couldn’t handle the pressure put on us. Hats off to them. They did what they had to do to win. They were patient enough to do the things that we weren’t. It was a big win for them but a tough loss for us.”

Willie Herring and Jabriel Cooper put up the most points for Lakewood with 14 each. Mike Graham and Maurice Boone each scored 6 points; Michael Smith, 5 points; Deshaun Wilson, 4; and Deontre Newkirk, 2 points.

The Leopards’ record falls to 4-5 in the conference and 8-10 overall. They travel to Neuse Charter on Friday.

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