Lakewood’s girls hoops squad traveled -to Midway Wednesday night for a tussle with the Lady Raiders. Last week, the Lady Raiders took down Lakewood at Lakewood, but this time, it was Lakewood coming away with the win in the end.
The final score was 52-40, in favor of the road team.
Justina Henry of Lakewood was nothing short of marvelous on Wednesday evening. The senior blew up for 37 points, a career high, to lead her team to victory. She connected on four 3-point field goals, and was solid at the free throw line throughout the game.
Lakewood held a slim lead at halftime, 19-18. They then started the second half on fire, thanks to Henry. Henry scored 10 third quarter points to help keep any Lady Raider run at bay.
In the final frame, Lakewood was solid at the free-throw line, which was good enough to hold off any Midway attempts at a run.
“She’s my senior. My senior leader,” said Lakewood’s head coach Vonnie McNeil on Henry. “It was a team victory tonight, nevertheless, but she seemed to carry us when we needed it. We have been doing a lot of things in practice to get better, and I think it’s showing that we are improving. This is a big win for us, and I am pleased with the way our girls came out and played tonight.”
Midway head coach Brian Wallum admitted that his team had trouble guarding Henry, and that they had too many turnovers.
“She is a great player and we couldn’t stop her,” he said. “I thought we did some nice things but then every time we would try to cut in the lead, we would somehow turn it over.”
Taylor Faircloth knocked down 3 triples and scored 11 points for the Lady Raiders. Leah Williams added 10.
Midway falls to 3-2 on the season with the loss, and Lakewood improves to 3-3. Midway is slated to host Hobbton Friday. Lakewood is set to travel to Union. Each of the games are to get things going about 6 p.m.