Last updated: February 11. 2014 12:14PM - 710 Views
By Savanna Pope, Sports Writer

Shyheim Williams jumps to the basket wth ball in hand to make the point for the Leopards. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
Shyheim Williams jumps to the basket wth ball in hand to make the point for the Leopards. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
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The Leopard JV boy’s blew past North Duplin on Monday with a final score of, 72-33. This was a make-up game that was snowed out in January.

The Leopards could not be touched while they held onto their lead for each quarter. The scores were, 23-11; 39-15; 58-24; 72-33. Lakewood’s shooting was on fire and within each quarter, the Leopard’s shooting just got better. With each point North Duplin made, the Leopards would return with 3 or more points.

Lakewood head coach Sylvester Pittman credited his assistant coach as well as the team for the great play.

“The JV game was a really great game. Coach Griffin had his coaching debut, because I was late from a meeting. We won from about 30 points. The kids went in and played with great effort,” Pittman added.

Six of the Leopards’ top scorers were all within five points of each other. Nasiem Devane was top scorer with 12 points; Quamane Williams with 9 points; Johnny Owens, Tyler James, Jirah Cooper all had 8 points; Shyheim Williams with 7 points; Zack Tanner with 4 points; Keshaun Bailey with 3 points; Tyquan Murphy with 1 point.

The Leopard JV is going into the last week of conference play in the No. 1 spot in the conference. Lakewood is scheduled to host Hobbton on Friday, but that will depend on the weather.

The Lady Leopards were on fire as they took out North Duplin on Monday night with a final score of 51-20.

Lakewood defended their lead at every opportunity and the Leopards seemed to pounce on North Duplin’s mistakes at every chance of a stolen ball or rebound.

“A win is a win, and anytime you get one it’s always alright. Everyone got play tonight. I’m always pleased with a win,” Lakewood’s head coach, Lofton Kerr stated after the game.

The leading scorers for Lakewood were Rashyda Parker with 11 points; Jada Henry and Shaasia Hamilton, each with 10 points; Brianna Evans with 9 points; Alexis Williams, 5 points; Kiaira Henry, 4 points; and Kiara Rich, 2 points.

Lakewood was scheduled to travel to Princeton on Tuesday, but that game was cancelled due to snow. They are set to play Hobbton, weather permitting, on Friday. The Lady Leopards record is now 13-7 overall and 7-4 in the conference.

The Leopard varsity had their hands full against the Rebels of North Duplin, but managed to pull out the 69-64 win.

The score stayed close throughout the game and North Duplin took a 4 point lead, 13-17 going into the second quarter. The Leopards came back and managed to take a 6 point leading going into intermission, 37-31.

Despite scoring on both ends of the court and a tight score, the Leopards put up an 8 point lead at the end of the third quarter. The Rebels didn’t back down, but the Leopards played strong and managed to hold on to the 5 point lead as time ran out.

A relieved head coach Sylvester Pittman was happy with the way his team played, especially in the second half.

“This game was a tale of two halves. We kind of struggled there a little bit at the beginning, but we finally got some chemistry going among the players. After that we really settled down in the second half and were able to play some good basketball. North Duplin gave us everything they had, but I think the pressure we were able to put on them, as well as a few key baskets, really made the difference,” Coach Pittman explained.

Isreal Parker outscored his teammates with 20 points. He was followed by Michael Smith with 18 points. Deontre Newkirk put 10 on the scoreboard; Jabriel Cooper and Maurice Boone each scored 7 points.

The Leopards’ record moves to 5-6 in the conference and 10-11 overall. They were supposed to travel to Princeton on Tuesday, but that game has been put on hold due to the snow. They are set to host Hobbton on Friday if the weather permits. This means the team has 2 games to make up - versus Rosewood and Princeton - before the conference tournament, which was scheduled to begin next Monday.

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