Less than a week after the Western Albemarle Warriors handed them their first loss of the season, the Louisa Lions got their revenge, defeating the Warriors 66-56 at Western on Jan. 22.
Both teams battled through the first half, tying the score 16-16 at the end of the opening quarter. A 19-16 second quarter in favor of the Warriors made the halftime score 35-32.
The Lions turned up the pressure in the third quarter, holding the Warriors to four points while scoring 11 of their own to take a 43-39 lead going into the final period.
The Warriors weren’t going down without a fight. Riley Prichard sank 15 of Western’s 17 fourth quarter points in an effort to close the gap, but the Lions scored 23 to take the game 66-56, giving them their 13th win of the season.
Senior Chris Shelton once again led Louisa in scoring with 21 points, followed by junior Jarett Hunter with 13 and senior Mark Carter with 10.
The Lions returned to The Den on Jan. 23 for a home game against the Monticello Mustangs.
The Lions opened the game with a 14-10 run over the Mustangs. Hunter put up eight points for the Lions in the first quarter, then added six in the second as the Lions pulled ahead to 32-27 at halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Lions went on a 20-8 run to jump ahead 52-35 after the third quarter. The Mustangs found their footing again on offense in the final period but were unable to close the gap, falling 66-52.
“We knew they [Monticello] were going to play hard,” Lions head coach Robert Shelton said. “They’re a good team and it was good for us to get the win.”
Hunter led the Lions in scoring, hitting a game-high 22 points for the evening.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 31, 2019 issue.
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