The Lakewood girls basketball team, originally scheduled to host Neuse Charter on Tuesday night, was forced to reschedule the game to this past weekend. The Lady Leopards were unfazed by the switch in when the game was played, as they went on to beat the visitors, 50-35.
It was a slow start for Lakewood, as Neuse Charter jumped out to an early 11-2 lead. However, a late first period run allowed the Lady Leps to grab the lead at 15-14 after a quarter. They then used this momentum to blow the game open and coast to the victory.
Although the lead was just 31-26 for Lakewood at the halftime break, it was obvious that they now had control of the game.
They increased their lead to double figures early in the third, before closing the game out with a 15 point win.
Briana Evans stepped up for Lakewood, as she scored 20 points on the evening. Justina Henry added 10 points, and Jada Moore had 6.
“It was a really slow start for us early on,” said Lakewood’s head coach, Vonnie McNiel. “I was glad to see us get things going later in the first quarter, and get things headed in our favor towards the end of the second as well. We kept on fighting, and kept playing hard, despite us not being very sharp. We have to be able to win like this to compete for a conference championship, and it was a good bounce-back win after the loss earlier this week,” finished the first year Lady Leopard head coach.
The win for Lakewood gets them right back in a good place for conference championship implications, though it is still the beginning of league play. They are now 3-1 in conference play, and control their own destiny once more.
If they win out, they will at least share the conference title with Rosewood, although there is still a lot of basketball left to be played this season.
It was a nice bounce-back for the Lady Leopards, and could get them headed back in the right direction.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585