Wednesday Night served as a chance for both the girls and boys teams to advance in the season. The girls game started with Tiyana Peterson, Kendra White, Venus Sumpter, Whitley Kahler, and Imani Wyatt. The Lady Bulldogs won the tip off and shortly thereafter scored first.
After the end of the first quarter, the dogs were down 18-9, with Ki’ Ari Cain of Lakewood scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone. After Coach Natalie Jeffcoat made some defensive changes, the Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the second quarter, but couldn’t keep up to the speed the lady Gators were showcasing. Lady Bulldog Senior Venus Sumpter played aggressive on defence, causing many turnovers in the second quarter. Lady Bulldog Senior Kiasia Hayes scored a nice block with 5 minutes to go in the second quarter.
However, the Lady Gators came down and drove the ball fast and accurately, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 27-15 at half. Showing out for the Gators were Ki’Ari Cain, who became the leading scorer, and Lashala Harvin. The combination of Cain’s quick moves and accurate shooting led her to have 10 points by halftime. Lashala Harvin also was a strong force for the Gator defense, causing many turnovers.
Coming out of halftime, it was a game of catch up for the Lady Bulldogs. But the girls couldn’t come back in the third quarter, and trailed 31-23 at the end of the third quarter.
The Fourth Quarter proved no difference, the Lady Gators played composed and quick, which proved to be a challenge for the Lady Bulldogs, eventually leading to the 45-26 win by Lakewood.
Imani Wyatt, freshman for the Lady Bulldogs, scored the most points and had a few words to encourage the team for future games.
“I feel like we just have to work on slowing down all together, especially on offense, I feel like our defense is pretty good,” Wyatt said.
Lakewood’s highest scorer, Ki’Ari Cain had some positive thoughts after the win.
“We played good defense together, we all helped each other out, it wasn’t just a one person thing,” Cain said.
The Lady Bulldogs look forward to playing Crestwood on the fifteenth, and the Lakewood Lady Gators prepare to face a in town rival against Sumter the fifteenth as well.
The Lady Dog’s move their record to 4-2 for the season.
by: Ryan Dabbs- Staff Writer Palmetto Leaf