With her team leading visiting Fluvanna 31-18 after three quarters, Lady Lions junior varsity head coach Susie Farmer instructed her team to switch into a full-court press defense with the aim of finishing the game strong.
The Lady Lions did just that on Friday night, outscoring the Flucos 16 to 11 en route to a 47-29 victory.
In the end, it was fitting that the Lady Lions performed well as the end drew nearer, as that served as the template of their season. The win against Fluvanna in the team’s season finale was the Lady Lions’ twelfth in a row, to put their final record at 16-5.
“It feels good,” Farmer said afterwards. “I’m pleased with the girls. I’m so happy for them. It shows that hard work pays off. There’s nothing wrong with hard work.”
But apparently for this team, there is something terribly wrong with losing. The Lady Lions haven’t fallen since losing a 37-41 nail biter to Eastern View on Thursday, Dec. 27. Louisa only suffered one loss in their 14 district games, a three-point defeat at the hands of rival Orange County. They avenged that defeat by returning the favor down the road, defeating the Hornets 53-50 on Jan. 24.
Heading into their matchup against Fluvanna, the team was trying to one up a 15-point defeat they had dealt the Flucos on Jan. 15. The teams remained in a near-deadlock after the first two quarters, with Louisa leading 16-13 at halftime.
From there, though, it was all Louisa. Guard Taylor Robinson started off the third quarter for Louisa with a bang, converting on a layup despite being fouled, and then sinking the free throw to give Louisa a 19-13 advantage.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 13 edition of The Central Virginian.