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The Lackey and La Plata girls basketball teams were both winless in their first five games and were both eager to get into the win column.
With La Plata leading by five points at halftime on Wednesday night, Lackey came to within three points at the beginning of the third, but that would be the closest that it would get Behind relentless full court pressure, the Warriors exploded to a 17-4 third period en route to a commanding 40-25 nonconference victory.
La Plata (1-5 overall) will take on Easton of Talbot County next Thursday at 10 a.m. in a holiday tournament.
La Plata head coach Ricky Cue said his team was a different one in the second half and that getting the first win of the season was a morale booster.
“In the first half we didn’t match Lackey’s intensity and our team didn’t expect them to come out that aggressive,” Cue said. “I told them that Lackey is very competitive and they play tough. We had some close games in the [previous], but we weren’t able to sustain our lead. Tonight it felt good to get over the hump and get a win.”
Leading the Warriors was senior forward Paige DeMent, who was a force inside all night with 12 points, eight of them in the first half. Senior guard Emily Guare finished with eight points, and junior guard and transfer Ashley Golson from Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County added seven points.
Senior forward Briana Jenkins scored five points and was also pivotal in the win.
DeMent, who lived in the paint all night, also pulled down 11 rebounds in a double-double effort.
“It was definitely a team effort tonight. After halftime we played our hardest,” DeMent said. “We really wanted this. I had to be tough down low and I just kept up drawing fouls and getting to the foul line. We used a lot of motivation this game and now we can look past the losses. It was a very good win.”
Early In the third quarter, Lackey senior guard Kiona Montogmery in her first game back from injury, left the game with cramps, she finished with four points, which came all in the second quarter. After Montgomery left the game, La Plata turned up the heat and outscored Lackey 17-2 and only trailed 19-16 at the 6 minute 33 second mark.
“We got into some foul trouble and when Kiona got injured that hurt us because she makes us better,” Lackey first-year head coach Art Flood said. “This was her first game back with us, so she just has to get back into game shape. She makes a difference; before she left we were only down a couple points early in the third quarter.”
Leading Lackey was Jessiree Elder, who finished with a team-high 10 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the foul line. She had four points in the first half. Macy Crye added seven points for Lackey on Wednesday.
Also making a difference in the third quarter was Golson, who used her speed and defense and turned those into transition points for the Warriors.
“It was exciting to get our first win, the game was physical in the first half, but everyone just kept their cool,” Golson said, who had three steals in the game. “This was a good win before break. In the second half we came out with energy and played good defense. Lackey came out ready to play in the first half and I just think we wore them down in the second half.”
“Ashley’s speed is unmatched, she gets down the court very fast,” Cue said.
La Plata jumped out to a 10-2 with 1:02 left in the first quarter and led 12-5 at the end of the period. In the second quarter Lackey came to within 16-13, but La Plata were able to take a 19-14 into halftime.
La Plata shot 14 of 26 (54 percent) from the free throw line, while the Chargers were 11 for 23 (48 percent) on the night.
Guare had the lone three-pointer in the contest, which gave the Warriors the early 7-0 lead in the first period.
Lackey (0-6) will take on Fairfax High School in Virginia next Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Westlake High School in the Waldorf Holiday Hoops Classic.
Lackey earns first win
In boys action on Wednesday night Lackey and head coach Pierre Bland earned its first win of the season with a 74-52 road victory over La Plata.
Lackey (1-4 overall) were led by D.J. Gather’s 16 points, while C.J. Redden and Matt Dixon had 14 points apiece.
The Chargers will now take on Sidwell Friends of Washington D.C. next Wednesday at North Point High School at 1 p.m. in the Day 1 of the Waldorf Holiday Hoops Classic.
La Plata dropped to 1-5 on the season.