Lakewood’s girls basketball team earned their fifth win in eight games on Tuesday night after a 51-38 win over Spring Creek. The game was close for the opening half, as Lakewood led 10-9 after a quarter, then 24-21 at halftime.
In the second half, they were getting better shots, and being more patient. This led to them building a 39-28 lead over the Lady Gators after the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Lakewood put the game away by getting to in the paint and drawing fouls. They won the game with relative ease, when the clock read triple-zero.
Lakewood was led by Justina Henry, who scored 13 for the Lady Leopards. Briana Evans added 9.
Lakewood’s head coach Vonnie McNeil was pleased with the way her team played in the second half, but not so much during the opening quarters.
“We had a very real talk at halftime,” she said. “We told them that they had to get it together. I thought they did, and played much better in the second half. It was going to be a tough game down the stretch had we not straightened up, but we thankfully did, and I thought that a lot of that was due to getting good shots, and not settling.
“We were more patient on (offense) and that really helped us get things going our way. Our pressure was also good and made a difference in the third quarter, I thought.”
Lakewood is now 5-3 overall and this, their conference opener, gets them to 1-0 in conference play. They are set to travel to North Duplin on Thursday.
Tip is set for 6 p.m. at North Duplin.
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