The Lady Leopards welcomed the Union Lady Spartans to their court on Friday night. Lakewood performed well, maintaining a nice lead the entire game to drop Union, 66-47.
The Lady Leopards jumped out in the lead at the very beginning of the game. By the first timeout, the Leopards already had the Spartans in a tough position at 10-0. However, the Spartans finally were about to put up some points but the Leopards also added on to their lead. At the end of the first quarter Lakewood had the lead at 17-9.
The second quarter saw little difference from the first. Both teams were able to get the ball to the baskets but the Lady Leopards were able to keep the lead thanks to their early momentum and even extending it two points to be 33-22 by halftime.
Lakewood continued their strong play into the third quarter putting the game out of reach for the Spartans. The Lady Leopards ended the third quarter with a 19-point lead by a score of 54-35.
This was enough for the Lady Leopards to be able to claim the win and slowed back for a steady pace. However, they also played well defensively to make sure the Spartans did not close in ending the game still at a 19 point lead but with a score of 66-47.
The Lady Leopards were lead by Chanel McLellan with 19 points followed by Justina Henry with 16. India Dixon contributed 10 points, Jada Moore 8, and Briana Evans 7.
The Lady Spartans were lead by Destiny Robinson who had 23 points. Mia Bronson, Faith McKoy, and Alison Alphin each scored 6 points.
The new Lady Leopard head coach, Vonnie McNeil was very satisfied with her team. “Overall, I was very pleased with the girls. They came out and they worked; they started hard, pressed on, hustled, and grabbed a lot of rebounds so I’m just very pleased with what they did.”
Spartan coach, Bryant Register was very surprised by how well the Lakewood team performed but also saw some good improvement from his team. “I’d like to congratulate Coach McNeil and the Lady Leopards on the win tonight. Overall, I’m very pleased at times with our performance. I though we panicked a little bit under their pressure but once we settled down I saw some good things and things that we need to work on but will definitely be coach-able and I’m proud with our progress,” he said.
The Lady Spartans will be back in action at home as they take on Princeton Monday, December 7th. The Lady Leopards next game will be on Tuesday as they travel to Clinton to play against the Lady Dark Horses.
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