2018-01-10 / Sports

Lady Bears come back with big win over Richmond

DAVID STEMBRIDGE


Junior Kianni Westbrook scored 10 points in last Tuesday’s game against Cross Creek and 14 points over Richmond. Junior Kianni Westbrook scored 10 points in last Tuesday’s game against Cross Creek and 14 points over Richmond. The Burke County Lady Bears (8-5, 1-1) dropped a game to Cross Creek in a tight matchup last Tuesday by 52-47. On Friday night, Jan. 5, they defeated Richmond Academy 51-48.

Coach Leslie Lawrence said that they had the lead for most of the game.

“We were able to sustain a four-point lead with a minute to 47-43,” she said. “Unfortunately, we were not able to convert some free throws and had some untimely turnovers as Cross Creek went on a 9-0 run to secure the victory. We have to do better with late game situations and value the basketball.”

Leading the Lady Bears against Cross Creek were senior Quin’Deja Hamilton scoring 19 points, junior Kianni Westbrook and junior Qua’Neshia Hamilton, both with 10 points.

In Friday night’s game against Richmond, Lawrence said that they were down 12-2 early in the game but after making a key run in the second quarter, they were down by only 3 points with a score of 26-23 at the half.

“Our defense was critical in this contest as we forced timely turnovers to score easy baskets and secured a ten-point lead late in the fourth quarter,” she said. “We were able to make our free throws late in the game to come away with the win. We learned from our loss to Cross Creek and used practice to correct some of our mishaps. We will continue to work and progress as we have Baldwin on Tuesday. This will be a critical region game.”

Against Richmond, Westbrook scored 14 points, and Qua’Neshia Hamilton and sophomore Tyasia Freeman both scored 10 points.

Over the Christmas break, the Lady Bears played in the Henry County Christmas tournament and lost against Parkview on Dec. 28 by 62-57 but they came back, defeating Hampton on Dec. 29 by 47-21 and Jonesboro by 62-57 on Dec. 30.

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