Lady Wildcats, Wildcats fall to Lee Scott
LANETT — Hot shooting doomed the Lady Wildcats.
The Springwood School girls basketball team fell to Lee Scott on Thursday, 53-29, after the visitors drained seven 3-pointers inside Boswell Gymnasium. It was the region opener for both teams.
“Lee Scott shot the ball really well, which is not a surprise with the type of work Coach [Corye] Ivatt does with them,” Springwood head coach Rick Johnson said.
The Lady Warriors sank five triples in the first half. Coupled with Springwood’s 16 turnovers in the same span, the long-range accuracy proved too much.
“With 16 of those turnovers coming in the first half, it just made for a very difficult uphill climb the entire game,” Johnson said.
Senior Amaya Battle led Springwood with 10 points, while sophomore Andie Martin added nine. Lee Scott’s Chauntel Kriel and Kerilyn Dubberly paced their team with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
The loss dropped the Lady Wildcats’ record to 12-3 overall and 0-1 in region play.
“I believe our girls will learn and grow from this experience,” Johnson said. “We showed a lot of grit and determination, but we will have to regroup and prepare for Calvary Christian on Saturday.”
Prior to the varsity game, the Springwood JV girls team claimed a 20-19 victory after canning a decisive shot with 20 seconds left in regulation. Emily Drake poured in 12 points as the squad improved to 5-4 on the season.
After the varsity girls game, the Springwood varsity boys team lost to Lee Scott, 53-43. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before trimming the deficit. They cut Lee Scott’s lead to only three points late in the final frame but couldn’t push ahead.
Springwood’s Gus Davidson tallied a game-high 22 points. His teammate, Christian Lancaster, added 12. Buck Dean led Lee Scott with 14 points.
The Wildcats dropped to 6-10 overall and 0-1 in the region.
Both varsity teams will return to action at home on Saturday. The girls game will tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the boys will follow at 7.