The Lady Leopards got their first victory of the playoffs, defeating the Southside Seahawks 74-57 Tuesday while defending their home court.
“We’re happy,” said head coach Vonnie McNeil. “We haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time, but we’re taking it one step at a time.”
Lakewood was the first to score after the quarter’s first minute bringing the score to 3-0. Holding the lead the entire quarter, the Leopards let the gap close to a basket at 8-6 halfway through the first. Yet despite this push, Lakewood was able to shrug off Southside’s advance bringing the score to 22-13 at the quarter’s end.
By the midpoint of the second period the score stood at 31-18, the Leopards held a 13 point but were able to increase it to 16 by halftime the score sitting at 35-19.
Lakewood held their lead throughout the third quarter halting any stride by the Seahawks with the quarter ending at 56-34. After another hard fought quarter by Lakewood they managed to hold onto their lead and end the game at 74-57.
“We got in foul trouble and I had to tell the girls to stop the reaching, but we’ll just have to go and learn that before the next game,” added McNeil. “I was a bit nervous as they got close to our score.”
Sellena Oates led all scoring with a game-high 21 points. Kiayre Bailey had her back, she ending the night with 16 points.
Lakewood will take on Northampton County Thursday in the second round.
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