The Lady Leopards headed into the first round of the state playoffs with a home game against the Neuse Charter Cougars. The Lady Leopards were able to pull out a nice win to send them to the second round, 68-38.
Lakewood came and took the game from the very start, dominating the court in the first quarter. The Lady Leopards continued to make basket after basket, which created a gap between the two teams. By the end of the quarter the Lady Leopards had left the Lady Cougars 13 points behind, 21-8.
The second quarter presented more of a challenge for the Lady Leopards as Neuse Charter made adjustments to get them back in the game. The Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Leopards in the second quarter by one point, 13-12, but the big lead Lakewood had took in the first quarter allowed the Lady Leopards to keep a gap for the lead, 33-21.
After the half, the Lady Leopards returned to the court even better than before. They forced many turnovers, which resulted in the addition of 16 points. Lakewood extended their lead to a 17-point gap, 49-32.
The Lady Leopards continued to find the net easily in the fourth quarter. Defensively, Lakewood played the strongest in the fourth allowing Neuse Charter only 6 points. This gave the Lady Leopards their big win, 68-38.
Justina Henry led the Lady Leopards with a huge contribution of 26 points. Jada Moore added on 14 points. Briana Evans, Kiarye Bailey, and Chanel McLellan had 9, 8, and 7 points respectively.
Lady Leopard, head coach, Vonnie McNeil was happy with the game but is already planning for what is to come. “The first round if the first step. I told the girls to keep pushing it because its only going to get harder and harder. Were see the competition coming and we can’t ease off. The second round is going to be the second step and were looking forward to it.”
“We can improve upon everything.” McNeil continued to say about her team. “We like to work on everything. We don’t see that we are the best or good enough at anything. We will try to get better with everything. Offensively and defensively, we have to get more steals and more stops and get the game flowing quickly going into the next game.”
The Lady Leopards will continue on to the second round of the state playoffs. Game details were unknown at press time.
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