Lady Lions improve to 7-2 record

The Lady Lions girls’ basketball team picked up a home win over the Monticello Mustangs on Jan. 3 but lost at Western Albemarle on Jan. 10. Their record so far this season now stands at 7-3.

The loss at Western Albemarle was 51-41. Read details about that game, as well as tonight's contest at Spotswood High School, in the Jan. 16 edition of the CV.

In the Monticello game, freshman Olivia McGhee led the Lions’ offense in the first quarter, putting up 12 of the team’s 16 points, including six from outside the arch. On defense, the Lions held the Mustangs to 10 points.

Freshman Haley Walker sank a pair of three-point baskets in the second quarter, as the Lions stayed ahead of the Mustangs 26-21 going into the halftime break.

The Mustangs came out of the break with renewed energy, outscoring the Lions 9-7 over the first two and a half minutes of the third quarter to cut Louisa’s lead to 33-32. The Lions found their footing after that, with McGhee adding five points to her total and junior Lydia Wilson putting up two to make the score 40-34 at the four-minute mark.

The Lions continued to extend their lead, but a late bucket followed by a foul shot in the final minute of the period shifted the momentum in Monticello’s favor. The Mustangs’ offense opened the final period with seven unanswered points to pull within two points of the Lions, trailing 48-46.

The Lions were able to stay on top thanks to a six-for-eight record at the free-throw line, plus a pair of timely buckets from junior Taylor Fifer. When the final buzzer sounded, the Lions were up 60-52.

“We started rushing,” said Lions’ head coach Nick Schreck. “We’ve got to be able to take our time and slow it down and execute. We’ve got too many girls who have been at this level for two or three years to be rushing in situations like that.

“Give Monticello credit, they out-played us tonight,” he continued. “They out-hustled us. Every loose ball was theirs [and] every rebound was theirs. We’ve got to learn to fight more. That’s the next step to take to reach the goals we set at the beginning of the year.”

McGhee was the Lions’ top scorer with 23 points. Sophomore Emion Byers added 10 points, and Fifer and Wilson each had seven.