Lanett junior high girls defeat Valley 43-10

Published 10:29 pm Monday, January 14, 2019

VALLEY — There was never a doubt for the Lanett junior high girls basketball team during Monday’s 43-10 win over archrival Valley.

“Our girls came out, and secured it,” Lanett junior high girls assistant basketball coach E.J. Webb said. “They stuck to the game plan. We didn’t change anything up from the last three weeks. Our starting point guard has been out, so we had to change the lineup a little bit, but I’m proud of my girls. I really am. Everybody got a chance to play.”

Ariel Hall and Jakiyah Little led the Panthers on the night with Little scoring 18 points and Hall adding 16. 

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Ameria Truitt, Shamarah Davidson, Laila Lancaster and Maleyaa Avery also got on the board for Lanett in the victory.

The junior high Panthers have two home games remaining in the season, hosting Gardner-Newman on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. EST. and Loachapoka on Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. 

“We’re not going to change anything up,” Webb said. “We’re going to play it out and see what happens.”

The six-foot-one Lancaster, Hall and Davidson are a few of the players that the team looks to call up to the varsity level once the junior high season ends. For now, the team will celebrate its win against Valley.

“This is a really good win for our program against a big 5A school like Valley,” Webb said. “It shows that our kids don’t ever give up. We’re going to play whoever it is, anytime, anywhere. It’s not being cocky, it’s just the confidence of Lanett. We’re not going backward. Coach [Clifford] Story [Jr.] set the standard a long time ago. Coach [Richard] Carter set the standard a long time ago. Coach Carter and I are going to set the standard. We’re not going backward in girls basketball.”