Prep Hoops: Lady Bulldogs upset by Lexington
A wild night Tuesday on the girls’ side of the Central Carolina Conference has turned the league race into a dogfight as teams make the turn for the second half.
The Lexington Lady Yellow Jackets played a huge part in shaking up the standings against rival Thomasville. College of Charleston signee Jasmine Carter poured in 26 points, leading LHS to a surprising 65-58 win over the Lady Bulldogs. Alexis Fowler added 18 more for LHS, who was punished 53-33 the night before by league-leader Central Davidson. Thanks to Salisbury’s upset win over East Davidson, the Jackets find themselves right back in the hunt at 3-2 with Salisbury, East and Thomasville all having 2-2 records. Central is 4-1.
“We needed this game,” said Lexington coach Lamont Johnson. “We felt like if we could win this game we should still have a chance in conference. I thought we played tonight. They need to play that hard all the time.”
Thomasville got 15 points each out of Christina Coleman and Joslyn Spires with Jashana Thomas and Timber tossing in 10 each. The Bulldogs played well at times including a 12-0 run in the second quarter after falling behind by five, but coach Brandon Staton felt his club was overall beaten by a hungrier team.
“They outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” said Staton. “They wanted it more. We wanted it in spurts and the better team won tonight.”
The aforementioned 12-0 charge helped the Bulldogs lead by three at the half. Carter and Fowler made sure the third quarter belonged to the Jackets.
Carter opened with a pair of baskets to put her team back in the lead, but the Bulldogs stood their ground and held a 41-38 lead with Tate putting in a layup at the 6:30 mark. Emerson Hayes’ 3-pointer tied the game seconds later, then Fowler received the pass from Carter for the go-ahead layup. Carter added a 3-pointer that was answered by Spires, but Fowler’s floater through the lane and five more points from Carter had the Jackets up 53-44 at the end of three.
Thomasville began the final stanza with a bang. Thomas connected on a runner and Megan Kinley got a steal and layup. Spires chipped in with a short jumper, and suddenly THS was back within three.
Lexington took those six points right back and went up 58-50 with three minutes remaining.
Spires cut the lead down to four with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but the Bulldogs were held scoreless over the final two minutes.
The loss puts Thomasville in a three-way tie for third place. Still, Staton feels good about his team’s chances in the second wave of games.
“It is still early in the conference and we feel good about where we are at,” he said. “We can only control what we do, so we need to go out every night and take care of business.”
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