David Johnson, Sports Writer
January 18, 2014
The Lakewood Leopards invaded the Hobbton Wildcats in Friday night’s prep basketball action sweeping the Wildcats, taking all three games. The Wildcats JV started the night with an 86-47 loss. The Leopard girls dominated the Wildcat girls taking home a 41-10 win. In the night cap, the Leopards got away with a 57-46 win in a scrappy game.
Leopard coach Lofton Kerr said, “It wasn’t a game I like to see but it was one we had to play. I knew that didn’t have a bench so we weren’t going to press. I know Coach Mewborn. He was my old coach so I told him I would press him nor anything like that. It was good for us because some the girls that don’t play much got a chance. I thought Daja Owens probably had one of her better games. I was happy to see that and hope she can continue.”
Scoring for the Leopards was Brianna Evans and Rayshad Parker with 10 point each. Owens contributed 9. Nina Devone scored all 10 of the Wildcat points.
In the night cap, Lakewood jumped out to a lead however the Wildcats battled back. The game went back and forth but the Wildcats could never catch up. They cut the lead to 6 in the third quarter before Lakewood got back in and opened it up a bit.
Sylvester Pittman, Lakewood’s coach comment, “It was a good game…real scrappy. I thought our defense put a lot of pressure on Hobbton and caused some turnovers and that helped with the win. But, Hobbton was ready. They were prepared but they didn’t execute down the stretch.”
Hobbton coach Alphonso Hooper said, “Lakewood is very athletic. I had scouted them some and I know they were going to come with the pressure. I thought we handled the pressure well at times because they were going to play that 1-2-2 and we were executing fine but down the stretch we lost our edge. I feel like turnovers were our biggest problem along with Lakewood’s athleticism. A couple of times we got a stop and then we would come down a turn over the ball. That’s kind of been the story of the season. We are playing a whole lot better and starting to execute. We need to shoot some more free throws. We missed 12 or 14 tonight. Lakewood just executed better than we did.”
M. Smith led Lakewood’s scoring effort with 12 points. J. Cooper and W. Herring had 10 points each. M. Graham had 9 as well.
For the Wildcats, Nicholas Bryant had 15 and Nicholas Hunter had 14. Hobbton’s next game is Monday at Union as part of the MLK tournament. They host Rosewood Friday, January 24.