In the battle of the Cats, Hobbton and Lakewood split in the varsity games with Lakewood’s girls staying undefeated while the Leopard boys fell victim to the Wildcats. The final in the boys’ game was 69-63, Hobbton while Lakewood’s girls won 81-37
Wildcat coach Kenny Bass said, “We played really hard. We played well defensively. We shot the ball the best we have all season. We were 11 of 16 3-pointers. We were 26 of 46 total. The only thing we did poorly offensively was from the foul line. That makes it interesting at the end.
“We had a bunch of kids that played really, really well. I have been telling them when they play hard and they play defense and rebound, they can win,” Bass continued. “If we do that, we can play with anybody in this league. I think they are finally beginning to believe that. We got 35 rebounds tonight against Lakewood. That’s just unbelievable. I hate to single anyone out. Everybody that played scored at least 3 points. And, the one that scored 3 got 10 rebounds. It was a great team effort. Lakewood’s kids played hard. I knew they would. When we were up 12 points, I told our kids that late in the game they would make a run…and they did. We were fortunate to hang on.”
For the Wildcats, Jonathan Faison and Brandon Parker scored 14 each. Gabriel Barksdale scored 11 and James Atkinson and T. J. Devone had 8 each. Rashad Davis had 3 and 10 rebounds.
For Lakewood, Isaiah Sellers led all scorers with 18. Lofton Kerr and Ryan Emfinger scored 11 each and Josh Walker chipped in 10 more.
In the girls’ game, Lakewood took off and never looked back, defeating the lady Leops 81-37.
Leopard coach Lofton Kerr said, “I thought we played pretty good. Our shooting opened the zones up that they were trying to run. We had three girls that shot pretty good tonight. That’s the first time those girls have shot well. I think our press overwhelmed them a bit.”
Sasha Martin led the scoring with 23 points. Teammates Zanna Faircloth hit 12 with 3 tres, Brittany Boykin also had 12. Bianca Moore had 13 and Tiesha Rich rounded the scoring out with 11.
For Hobbton, Michaela Wilson scored 11, Neisha Lewis had 8, Bethany Knight added 6 and Brittany Evans chipped in 5.
Lakewood’s JV boys cleaned up the Wildcats 72-33. Lakewood’s JV girls also won.