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Louisa Lions drop two

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Julia Smith tries to break through Powhatan’s defense during the Lions’ home game on Jan. 18.

The Louisa Lions girls’ basketball team faced a pair of Jefferson District losses last week, on the road at Western Albemarle and at home agianst Powhatan.

The Lions fell 51-32 against the Warriors on Jan. 16. Louisa struggled from the outset, scoring only two points in the opening quarter, while the Warriors put up 20. A 17-6 second quarter gave Western Albemarle a comfortable 37-8 lead going into the halftime break.

The Lions came out of the half with renewed energy, outscoring the Warriors 24-15, but they were unable to completely wash away the first half.

“We did not come ready to play in the first half,” Lions head coach Nick Schreck said. “They turned the pressure up on us and we did not handle it well. I was happy to see them respond in the second half the way we did. They made the adjustments that were needed and it showed. “

Junior Alexis Miller led the Lions with 15 points, followed by sophomores Alexis Chapman with eight and Lydia Wilson with six.

In The Den on Jan. 18, the Lions and Powhatan matched each other point for point throughout the first quarter. Chapman put up eight points for the Lions throughout the quarter, her last bucket giving Louisa a 12-10 lead with just over a minute left on the clock. The Indians took full advantage of that time, putting up five unanswered points to lead 15-12 at the end of the quarter.

Louisa fought back in the second quarter, with Miller sinking nine points as Louisa outscored Powhatan 11-9 to trim the Indians’ lead to one point (24-23) going into the half.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 24, 2019 issue.

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