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Boys’ basketball snags pair of home wins

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Malik Bell tries to beat a pair of Monticello defenders during the Lions’ Jan. 5 game in The Den.

The Louisa County High School boys’ basketball team kept their winning streak going last week, scoring home wins over the Monticello Mustangs and Orange County Hornets.

The Lions hosted Monticello in The Den on Jan. 5. Louisa came out with guns blazing, taking a 12-7 lead over the Mustangs. A 13-12 second quarter in favor of Monticello narrowed the gap slightly, but Louisa still held a 24-20 lead going into the halftime break.

The second half saw the Lions come out with renewed energy, outscoring the Mustangs 23-13 in the third quarter to increase their lead to 47-33. They didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 16-10 for a final score of 65-43.

“We settled down in the second half and started playing at our pace,” Louisa head coach Robert Shelton said. “The guys were sharing the ball more and having fun.”

Senior Carlton Williams led the Lions’ scoring with 14 points, while senior Malik Bell and junior Chris Shelton each put up 11 points for the Lions.

Vs. Orange 

The Lions started the 2018 half of their season with a home game against the Orange County Hornets on Jan. 2.

Both teams hit the court running in the first quarter, with the Hornets taking a narrow 13-12 lead after the first quarter. The Lions pulled ahead in the second quarter, putting up 18 points while holding the Hornets to 13 for a 30-26 halftime lead.

Orange went on a 8-4 run early in the third quarter to tie the score at 34-34, but that would be as close as they  would get for the rest of the game. The Lions managed to stay one step ahead of their opponents throughout the rest of the quarter and went into the final period with a 47-43 lead.

After the Hornets stayed within striking distance for the first half of the period, the Lions went on a 12-6 run over the last four minutes of the game to claim a 67-57 win.

“Orange is a good team,” Shelton said. “No matter what the records, I don’t remember any game [against Orange] being a blowout.

“They [Orange] came out and made plays,” he continued. “We need to respond a little quicker to things like that, but we made adjustments and were able to grind out the win.”

Williams and sophomore Jarett Hunter led the scoring tally for the Lions with 10 points apiece. Junior Malachi Poindexter and senior Raquan Jones each put up eight points, and Shelton and junior Mark Carter each scored six.

Louisa (7-1) hit the road to play Western Albemarle on Jan. 9 for their first road game of 2018. Results were unavailable at press time.

The Lions will be back in The Den at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 to host the Powhatan High School Indians.