The Lakewood Leopard basketball team saw their season come to an end quickly during their road game at Voyager Academy on Tuesday evening. The Leopards were beaten up early, and never could recover, as they were ran out of town on the wrong end of a 73-31 score.
Voyager, the 5th overall seed in the East Region of the 1A bracket in the NCHSAA State Playoffs, jumped out to a 27-5 lead in the first quarter. This obviously took the wind out of the sales of the Leopards, as they went on to score just 11 first half points, trailing 39-11 at halftime.
The home team outscored Lakewood 20-5 in the third, before the Leopards finally put together a solid quarter in the fourth. They outscored Voyager 15-14 in the final frame, giving them a small positive to take away from the contest, but it was way too little, way to late.
Voyager is one of the favorites to come out of the East Region in the 1A side of things for this year’s playoffs, and definitely played like it on Tuesday. Their defensive pressure, efficiency in scoring, and overall intensity and effort was that of a team that has what it takes to win the East, and possibly a state championship.
Lakewood stats were not available at press time, and neither were coaches comments. They were unofficially led in scoring by Johnnie Owens and Nasiem Devane.
As for Voyager, they were led by Collin Faucette, who poured in a game-high 21 points. Co-captain Chance Green for Vikings scored 15 points, as they were the lone Voyager players in double figures.
Lakewood finishes their season at 11-13 overall, and they went 8-6 in the Carolina 1A Conference. They were in contention for a regular season championship up until the final two weeks of conference play, when they had a couple of bad breaks fall their way.
Owens and Jirah Cooper of Lakewood each had stellar seasons that will likely earn them All-County recognition.