Lady Lions hit double-digit win tally

Julia Smith maneuvers through Western Albemarle’s defense during Louisa’s home game against the Warriors on Feb. 2.

 

The Louisa Lions girls’ basketball team improved to 10-0 following a home win over Western Albemarle and road victories against Monticello and Spotsylvania.

The Lions hosted the Western Albemarle Warriors on Feb. 2. Louisa’s offense took a bit to build up momentum, but five points from Kyra Banks gave the Lions a 9-5 lead at the 4:37 mark and they stayed ahead 14-10 at the end of the period. 

Things began swinging their way in the second quarter with a 19-point performance, led by eight points from Sylvie Jackson and six from Lydia Wilson. By halftime, the Lions had extended their lead to 33-24.

The second half saw the Lions playing their familiar style of basketball as they put up another 19 points on offense and held the Warriors to just seven points to lead 52-31 heading into the final period. They outscored Western 12-7 over the final eight minutes for a final score of 64-38.

“When you’re playing against a team as well-coached, as well-disciplined and as fundamental as Western, you have to do the little thngs,” said head coach Nick Schreck. “Offensively, we were able to do that. We swung the ball around, we were getting into the paint and finding open shooters in rhythm, and that opened it up for us. On defense, we were able to get in the passing lane and get some deflections and that really transitioned us to our offense.”

The Lions were missing some key players for the game, with Olivia McGhee and Emion Byers both out with injuries. Several other players stepped up in their absence, showing off the team’s depth.

“Our depth really got tested tonight,” Schreck said. “We’ve been saying all year that we have a lot of depth on this team, but we haven’t had to use it or prove it too much. Tonight, we had to prove it. I’m really proud of the way everybody stepped up and played their role.”

In total, nine players contributed to Louisa’s final score. Jackson scored a game-high 18 points for the Lions. Wilson put up 12, and Alexis Chapman scored 10.

The Lions closed out January with a pair of away games, traveling to Monticello High School on Jan. 27 and then to Spotsylvania High School on Jan. 29. Louisa won both games with respective scores of 64-34 and 62-25.

The Lions held Monticello to just three points in the first quarter, jumping ahead 16-3. They extended their lead to 34-16 by halftime and outscored the Mustangs 32-19 in the second half for the win. 

McGhee put up 26 points for the Lions, followed by Jackson with 15. Chapman and Wilson each added five.

“This was a good bounce-back team win one day after our close one with Charlottesville,” Schreck said. “We had ten girls score in the game and I felt that we were locked in defensively from the start. Offensively I felt like we were able to execute a lot better which allowed us to score even when our press wasn’t able to create turnovers and score in transition.”

The Lions opened the Spotsylvania game with similar defensive pressure, again giving up just three points in the first quarter. They scored 12 to take the lead, then a 26-10 second-quarter performance helped lock things down.

“This was another good team win with everyone playing extended minutes,” Schreck said. “We got off to a slow start at first but we picked it up in the second and third quarters and turned up the intensity on defense. This allowed us to pull away.”

McGhee was again the top scorer for the Lions, putting up a season-high 37 points and snagging 16 rebounds for a double-double. Jackson added 11 points and Chapman scored seven.

The Lions close out their regular season on Feb. 5 with a road contest against the Orange County Hornets. Action begins at 7:30 p.m.

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