The Louisa Lions boys’ basketball team opened their season with a road game against the Orange County Hornets on Dec. 22.
The Lions kept up with the Hornets throughout the first quarter, trailing 10-8 at the end of the period. During the second quarter, Orange began pulling ahead and stepped up their defense to limit Louisa’s points. Despite their best effort, the Lions were unable to close the gap and fell 30-41.
Senior Nate Feagans and sophomore Teyachta Harris led Louisa’s scoring with nine points each. Senior Armani Comfort added five points and sophomore Maleke Huntington scored four.
The Lions played their first home game on Dec. 29, hosting the Fluvanna Flucos. The Flucos took an early lead, going up 12-5 after the first three minutes of play. Comfort sank a pair of buckets two minutes later to pull Louisa to 12-9, but Fluvanna went on a 10-3 run over the final two minutes of the first quarter to take a 22-12 lead.
The Lions were unable to close the gap over the next two periods, trailing 51-42 after the third quarter. The Flucos made a final run in the fourth quarter with a 24-11 performance to take the game 75-53.
“We’re a very young team,” said coach Ray Hunter. “I think we need to come together and play team ball and that starts with defensive effort. We need to play better defense, we need to rebound and we need to pass the ball better. We just need to play together.”
Feagans put up 14 points for the Lions, including 12 from three-point range. Comfort added 11, senior Terry Neely scored nine and sophomore Qwneton Spellman had eight.
The Lions have some time off until their next game, which is scheduled for Jan. 15. Louisa will take on the Charlottesville High School Black Knights in The Den beginning at 7:30 p.m.