West Lee sweeps county rival on hardwood
Both West Lee basketball teams stormed to big early leads and both Pride teams scored victories over county rival East Lee Thursday evening on the Pride's home court.
West Lee led 12-4 after the first quarter in the girls' game and went on to a 42-27 win. In the boys' game, the Pride scored the first 25 points of the game and rolled to a 58-29 win.
The Lady Pride got it done on fast breaks, especially after their defense created steals or interceptions, and they built their advantage thanks to lots of offensive rebounding.
Forwards Amoria Tysor and Jacie Arrington combined for 15 of West Lee's 21 points in the first half as they played tough around the hoop.
With the Pride jumping out to a lead through six minutes, East Lee's defense tightened up and it was 12-6 Pride before a run of four quick Pride baskets right before halftime, taking the Pride lead up to 21-7.
The Pride's offense kept its rhythm going after the half. Point guard Mya Minter led the way, scoring five buckets in the third quarter with a mix of out-racing the East Lee defense on fast breaks and drives to the basket in half-court plays.
East Lee point guard Tessa Wilson made four three-pointers in the second half, giving her five for the game and a total of 20 points for the Lady Rockets. Wilson's shooting cut the Lady Pride lead a little but West Lee's offense was too steady.
Minter led the Lady Pride with 14 points. Tysor scored 12 points. Arrington added seven while Delany Davenport and Tyshana Petty had four points each.
In the 58-29 West Lee win in the boys' contest, all 15 Pride players saw action by early in the second quarter and all 15 players netted points led by Demarcus Taylor scoring nine points.
The Pride swarmed the Rockets from the start. Creating numerous turnovers and quickly turning the steals into lay-ups, the Pride led 10-0 1:49 into the game. Nick Grubb and Dexter Moore had two buckets each in the 10-0 start. West Lee led 25-0 a little more than five minutes into the first quarter.
There was no let-up when the Pride substitutes came in. The backcourt duo of Talyke Minor and Santiavious Patterson kept the pressing and points coming. Minor had six points and Patterson scored five in the first half. West Lee led 40-9 at halftime.
The Rockets got some shots to fall in the second half. Wing player Saquan Wallace led the Rockets with 12 points. Guard Caleb Leslie made two three-pointers in the second half.
Each Pride player got into the scorebook with Noah Terhune, the Pride's starting point guard, knocked down a couple of free throws in the last minute of the game.
Taylor scored all nine of his points in the first quarter. The Pride got seven points each from Elijah Rose and Patterson and six points each from Hunter Johnson and Minor.