Midway hoops was back in action on Friday evening as they hosted in-county rival Lakewood on the hardwood. Things didn’t come easy for the Lady Leopards as Midway was able to take advantage of their struggles, building a 32-3 lead at the half. Because of the disparity, both teams agreed to a running clock in the second half and Midway would go on to win 45-12.
The first quarter was all Midway as Lakewood remained scoreless the entire quarter. The Lady Leps had several shot attempts but the ball just simply wouldn’t fall through the hoop. Even a pair free throws clanked off the rim as nothing would go their way. At the end of the quarter, the Lady Raiders had mustered an 18-0 lead.
Lakewood’s woes carried over into the second quarter as Midway extended its lead to 20-0. The Lady Leopards finally got some points on the board when Sha’Asia Hamilton put in a layup with 6:37 remaining in the half. Later, Lakewood would add a free throw by Adria Edwards and would trail 32-3 at the break.
With the clock set on cruise control in the second half, Lakewood was able to generate a little more offense as they took advantage of some Midway miscues, particularly in the fourth quarter.
Entering the fourth quarter Midway’s lead stood at 38-5 but Lakewood was able to put up some a few more points to hit double digits and the Lady Raiders would eventually win 45-12.
Lady Leopard head coach, Vonnie McNeil, expressed that this is a rebuilding year for her team and it’s going to take some time for growth to kick in.
“We’re rebuilding, playing with a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We just gotta play with a little more fight but I think we’ll get better as we keep developing,” McNeil said.
For Midway, Coach Allen McLamb was pleased with his teams win but expressed there are still areas that need some cleaning up.
“I’m satisfied with our effort and defense but we still have some areas to clean up and work on. We start conference on Tuesday so we’re going to work on it on Monday and see what happens. We’re leased to be 5-0 but we’re not completely satisfied yet, there’s more work to be done,” McLamb said.
Scoring leaders for Midway were Alyssa Wrench and Leah Williams, each with 10. Hannah Lucas added seven and Logan Baggett and Tatyana Solomon each had six.
For Lakewood, Kiarye Bailey had four, Edwards three and Sallena Oates and Sha’Asia Hamilton each had two.
The win came a night after the Lady Raiders hosted Triton in non-conference basketball action, winning 61-41 over the visitors. With Friday’s win, Midway improves to 5-0 overall and will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to take on East Bladen.
For Lakewood, the loss drops them to 0-3 overall. They were to host Union on Monday as they seek their first win.