With each quality win, the Lakeview Academy girls basketball team continues to make a strong push for the postseason.
Hannah Grogan scored 15 points, Schyler Miller added 14 and the Lady Lions added another impressive victory to the season by beating Prince Avenue Christian 59-39 on Tuesday.
Lakeview led the entirety of the last three quarters, expanding its lead over the course of the contest with strong shooting and precision at the free throw line against a Lady Wolverines team that had won six of their last seven games entering the night.
A nine-point halftime lead turned into a 20-point advantage by the next buzzer, and the Lady Lions had the game wrapped up with a quarter still at hand.
“We’re getting better, slowly but surely,” Lady Lions coach John Carrick said. “We’re playing a variety of talent.
“Tonight was a good medium ground. I liked the intensity we had. I don’t know if we came out of the gates with it, but it sort of picked up as the game went on.”
Winners of four of its last five games, Lakeview (10-6, 5-1 Region 8-A) has fared well in region play so far, and remains atop its subregion right around the halfway point of the season.
In Class A, it’s an exciting situation to be in. The state’s smallest classification only offers an automatic state playoff berth to a region champion, with the rest of the field punching a ticket via power ratings formulated by the GHSA.
Beating Prince Avenue (10-5, 5-3) certainly helps in the power ratings category, but also keeps a region title within reach. The Lady Lions currently trail George Walton Academy, which won a meeting between the two teams last Saturday and leads Subregion 8B-A. Lakeview holds a tiebreaker over Towns County in Subregion 8A-A after defeating the Lady Indians on Dec. 6.
“Our toughest competition on our side is Towns,” Carrick said. “We beat them here at the house, and we have to go up there and beat them at the end of the month. Either way, hopefully somebody else will knock them off.”
Lakeview’s second-half performance certainly demonstrated how it’s remained in control of the subregion thus far.
Leading 27-19 at halftime, the Lady Lions outscored Prince Avenue 17-5 in the third quarter to jump ahead 44-24. It included a 15-0 run, with Miller providing six points.
“We changed our lineup to put in more speed and quickness, so that might have been an adjustment, but that might have been it, as far as anything we did,” Carrick said. “Good shooting makes up for a multitude of sins. You don’t notice all the stupid things you do on defense when you shoot well.”
Lakeview opened the game trailing until the 2:53 mark of the first quarter, when Miller scored to tie the game at nine.
It ignited a 10-1 run for the Lady Lions to close out the quarter, giving them the lead in the process. Grogan gave Lakeview a 12-10 lead at 2:04 to with her first of three 3-pointers in the half.
Grogan, a freshman, made another 3-pointer before the first quarter ended, helping Lakeview take a 17-10 lead at the first buzzer.
“She’s getting better in every facet of the game,” Carrick said. “I can’t wait to watch her play as a senior. She’s a real liability on defense, but we still have three more years and a bunch of games left this year to get her better.”
The Lady Lions outscored Prince Avenue 10-9 in the second quarter to remain ahead at halftime.
Danielle Morgan scored a pair of baskets in the second and finished the game with 10 points and a team-best six rebounds.
Jordyn Smith scored 13 points for Prince Avenue. Bethany Campbell tallied nine points, while Peyton Howell added eight points and seven rebounds. Ryne Pyfrom led the Lady Wolverines with 10 rebounds but was held scoreless.
Lakeview visits Hebron Christian Academy at 7 p.m. Friday.
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY BOYS 57, PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN 33: Tae Turner scored 12 points and David Abee hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points as the Lions cruised to a region win.
J.B. Britte added 10 for Lakeview (9-6, 5-2), which tied a season best for points allowed in a game.
“Our rotations were good, we adjusted well to a lot of things they were trying to do,” Lions coach Todd Cottrell said. “I was pleased with our effort — we played a solid game.”
The Lions leaped out to a 14-8 lead through one quarter, then outscored Prince Avenue (6-6, 1-6) 21-11 in the second to run away with a 35-19 advantage at halftime.
Lakeview remained in control the rest of the way, taking a 51-29 lead into the fourth.
“We shared the ball really, really well on offense, which is what were going to have to do,” Cottrell said. “I thought our guys did a great job of making the extra pass and finding the wide open guy.”
Rob Krealing led Prince Avenue with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Lakeview visits Hebron Christian at 8:30 p.m. Friday.