The Louisa Lions boys’ basketball team kept their winning streak alive to start the new year, holding off a second half surge to defeat the Albemarle Patriots 61-52 in The Den on Jan. 4.
The Lions opened the game with a 15-6 first period run. Junior Jarett Hunter put up seven of the team’s points throughout the opening period to give Louisa their lead.
Keeping their momentum going in the second quarter, juniors Xavien Hunter and Issac Haywood and senior Shylek Washington divided the majority of the scoring as the Lions outscored Albemarle 17-9 for a 32-15 halftime lead.
The Patriots came out of the halftime break swinging, outscoring the Lions 19-7 to cut their lead to 39-34 by the end of the quarter. The Lions refused to go down without a fight and hit the gas going into the final period.
Senior Chris Shelton, who has been a leader for the Lions all season, had been stymied by the Patriots throughout the first half, but managed to sink his first bucket late in the third quarter. Finally finding his groove, he put up 12 of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lions on a 22-18 run to take the game.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 10, 2019 issue.
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