Despite another high scoring effort by leading scorer Bre’shae Bell, a barrage of threes from guard Breon Washington and a four-point halftime lead, the Lady Lions were unable to hang on for a victory against visiting Charlottesville, falling 50-60. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Lions (6-12), and the third game in that stretch where the team fell by 10 or less points.
“I think the effort was really good tonight,” head coach Jarred Soles said. “I told the team that if they had given that type of effort last week, we would have had at least one win.”
All seemed well for Louisa in the first half of play. Down 13-16 with five minutes left in the second quarter, the Lions went on a 12-0 scoring run. Washington took over from long range during the hot spell, sinking three consecutive three pointers. Though Charlottesville’s full-court press forced Louisa into seven first quarter turnovers, the Lady Lions used crisper passes to get easier shots on their way to a 25-21 halftime lead.
It was a promising beginning. Unfortunately, it led to an ending that has become all too familiar for the Lady Lions in the past couple weeks. Led by forward Kendall Ballard, who finished with a game-high 19 points, Charlottesville used a 6-0 scoring run to take a 36-35 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter that they never relinquished.
“[Ballard] is tough,” Soles said. “We really didn’t have an answer for her down the stretch.”
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 30 edition of The Central Virginian.