It was a special night at Lakewood on Friday, as they hosted cross-county rival Hobbton. The girls’ teams wore pink and tickets were sold for a Kindle Fire give-away, with the proceeds going toward the fight against breast cancer. It was also Senior Night, which is the last home basketball game.
A near capacity crowd was treated to a flawless rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by three Leopard cheerleaders, Omora Parker, Brittany Andrews, and Iesha Sellers.
The Lady Leopards took a quick, early lead due to a strong full-court press that forced Wildcat turnovers and missed baskets.
The first quarter ended with Lakewood ahead 20-6 and by the end of the first half had moved ahead 37-12.
The second half was a slower version of the first half, but the Lady Leps continued to put the ball in the basket.
By the end of the third quarter the score had moved to 51-16 and by the end of the 4th quarter, the Leopards had the game won with a score of 61-24.
Wildcat coach Tom Mewborn was proud of his team and said, “They played really hard tonight, and they have played hard all season. Now we can begin looking toward next year.”
Scoring for the Lady Wildcats were Nina Devone, with 13 points; Shay Bell, 6; and Shyasia Bryant, 5 points.
Pleased with the win, Leopard head coach Lofton Kerr said he hoped it moved their record up so they will be eligible for the state playoffs, which begins this week.
Lakewood’s conference record ended with 8-6 and overall 14-6.
“I liked what I saw tonight. They played really good. I call this my JV team. I lost 8 from varsity last year and 2 players moved away. Usually when we go into the playoffs we play at home, but we’ll be traveling away this time. This is uncharted territory for us, but it will be a good learning experience for us,” Kerr explained.
Daja Owens, the only senior on the team this year, scored 8 points.
The top scorer in the game was Justina Henry with 20 points; Alexis Williams and Kiara Rich each scored 11 points; Brianna Evans and Rashyda Parker each scored 4 points; and Jada Moore added 3 more points