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The first quarter of many turnovers for both teams soon turned into a 15-9 second quarter surge for Leonardtown as the girls basketball team pressed in against Lackey.
The Raiders had a goal of staying focused on the defensive end, according to head coach Christen Doerrer, after the 21-11 halftime break.
They only gave up eight points to Lackey in the second half and walked away with their first conference win, 47-19.
Doerrer said that defense was a point of emphasis going into the second half.
“We’ve played better defense this year, I thought,” Doerrer said, “so I thought they definitely came out and played better defense in the second half and that led to more chances on offense to score some points so that was good.”
Leonardtown starting guard Erin Buhler was the game-high scorer with 13 points, six of which were from the three-point line. Starter Alyssa Bois led the team in steals with five and first-time starter Ashley Guy (6 points), a forward, led the Raiders in rebounds with seven.
“Yes, it’s nice when they go in,” Buhler said of her three-point shots. “We didn’t want to take them lightheartedly and we need to get the win when we can. We fight hard every game. We just really wanted to work on our offenses. We’ve been really trying to communicate more and know where we are on the court. I heard Westlake is really good, so we’re just going to come out with a good attitude and hopefully be really fired up because its going to be a good game.”
Doerrer said Guy has earned her way onto the starting five.
“She made the most of her starting opportunity, so that was great.” Doerrer said, “and they [the second string] did a good job in the fourth quarter. I was happy with that. I know they get frustrated when they’re not in there, but tonight they got in and did a nice job.”
Leonardtown (4-7, 1-1 SMAC) travels north to face Westlake for a 6:30 contest tonight.
“We definitely have to take care of the basketball [against Westlake],” Doerrer said. “I told the girls in there that we’re going to have to play one of our best games if we want to beat Westlake. They’re a pretty competitive team and if we want to be compete with them we have to put our best effort forward.”
Starting senior guard Kiona Montgomery led the Chargers with 10 points and was 4 of 9 at the free-throw line. The Raiders put double coverage on Montgomery early, preventing her from getting clean passes off to teammates Jessiree Elder (5 points) and Kaya Bruce.
Lackey first-year head coach Art Flood was not present for the matchup. Chargers acting head coach Chris Davis said the young team is focusing on playing good defense and working hard and hustling.
Lackey (0-11, 0-1) will host Great Mills at 6:30 tonight.
“Just hustling and defensive rebounds,” Davis said of his expectations against the Hornets. “We only had two returners from varsity last year and we’re in the process of growing.”
All of Elder’s points came from the free-throw line, making 5 of her 10 attempts.