Lady Lions dominate Lady Hawks
The Lady Lions played host to the Hendrickson Lady Hawks for the final game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 8.
It was a special evening for three young ladies, Tara Chapman, Whitney Winn and SueRe’esa Williams, as they played in their final high school basketball game.
“These three young ladies have meant so much to me and this program,” head coach David Joh
nston said. “They’re everything you would want your kids to be.”
The Lady Lions secured a fourth place finish on the road at Taylor, and were playing for a very respectable 6-6 district record.
The cheerleaders, band and fans made the Lions’ Den very exciting.
Hendrickson struck first, but Lockhart took the lead when Williams hit a three-pointer. Soon after, Whitney Winn went to work in the paint, scoring six of her career-high 25 points.
“Whit and I talked about dominating the paint and did she ever… wow,” stated Johnston.
Sophomore guard Ka’Tina Green drove in the paint and made a running lay-up and Williams added another field goal as Lockhart closed out the quarter.
Leading 16-11 at the top of the second quarter, the Lady Lions began to pull away. Winn added six points and freshman post Mariah Carter came off the bench to score six points.
“Mariah has done a fantastic job for us this year. She competes really hard and has improved a lot,” said Johnston.
Williams added five points, while Green made a great move to the paint after a tremendous shot fake, and buried a jumper from the left elbow of the free throw line.
Chapman grabbed a rebound and dribbled up the floor giving junior Noelle Marquina a rocket cross-court pass for a short baseline jumper.
“We were making great open court decisions and executing our half-court offense,” said Johnston.
The Lady Lions took a 37-19 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Lady Hawks made the momentum shift in their favor outscoring Lockhart 16-6, and at one point cutting an 18-point lead down to six points.
Winn, M. Carter and Marquina finished with seven, six and four rebounds respectively.
Andrea Carter and Zenaida Rubio came off the bench for the Lady Lions and gave some positive minutes for the Lady Lions.
After three quarters of play, Lockhart led 43-35.
“When you get a big lead you can get scared of blowing the lead and eventually losing the game, but not this team…not these girls,” said Johnston.
The Lady Lions played the final eight minutes as they have all year, poised, confident and cool under pressure.
Junior guard Venoris Carter came off the bench and hit a jumper from the wing. Williams added a free throw for Lockhart, while Adrian Carter sank three free throws. Chapman completed one of her game-high of three steals and Winn made four field goals.
“It was a great game and awesome win for the Lady Lions and a super way for the seniors to go out. I’m proud to have coached these young ladies this season. What an awesome season,” said Johnston.
The Lady Lions finished 11-16 overall and 6-6 in district play after winning 58-45 over the Lady Hawks.
The Lady Lions were not able to get on track in their last game of the season against Hendrickson on Tuesday, Feb. 8.
The Lady Lions came out cold from the floor. Lockhart only made five points in the quarter.
Camille Burrhus-Clay scored four of those five points to contribute to her game-high of 15 points.
In the second quarter, the Lady Lions fought back into the game, adding nine points to the scoreboard.
Ceci Smith hit two baskets and Jenee Burrhus-Clay added two more as Lockhart cut the lead to four points, ending the half behind 18-14.
J. Burrhus-Clay pulled down seven boards contributing to her game-high of 17 rebounds.
“That is impressive,” said Coach Jennifer Jones. “We rebounded the ball extremely well.”
C. Burrhus-Clay completed three steals for the game.
The third quarter sealed the fate of the Lady Lions. Hendrickson outscored Lockhart 19-12 to solidify their hold on the game. Aly Daily scored six second-half points, while Janie Juarez dished out two assists.
Lockhart was outscored by seven in the fourth, giving the Lady Hawks a 52-34 win.
“It was a roller-coaster season with a lot of ups and downs,” said Jones. “Tonight we just didn’t put the ball in the basket. The Lady Lions showed some bright spots throughout the season.”
The Lady Lions played Hendrickson Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Lions’ Den.
Lockhart trailed 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, which made the difference in the game.
Jaimie Ruiz hit a basket and one free throw for the Lady Lions while Zaida Hager added a free throw.
In the second quarter, the Lady Lions buckled down and matched Hendrickson basket for basket.
Teie Harris, Natalie Briceno, Elizabeth Johnson and Ruiz all scored for Lockhart. At halftime the Lady Lions trailed 19-12.
The third quarter was also played closely between the teams. The Lady Lions scored seven and Hendrickson scored six points.
Hager led the team with 13 rebounds and eight points, and Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points.
The fourth quarter continued to be a close battle for Lockhart. Both teams scored six points, leaving the final score 31-25 in Hendrickson’s favor.
“It was a challenging season, but I had fun and hope the girls did too,” said Coach Peggy Cadena. “I just wish our record indicated how much we really improved.”