Lady Rams win fourth straight

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­news.com

Af­ter a slow start­ing first half Fri­day night, the Newton girls var­sity bas­ket­ball team came to life, de­feat­ing the Love­joy Lady Wild­cats 50-34.

De­an­dra Reed led The Lady Rams with 19 points, giv­ing Newton its sev­enth re­gion win of the sea­son.

“We’re just work­ing to­ward the post­sea­son,” Newton coach Tif­fani John­son said.

The Lady Rams be­gan the game on a 5-0 run in the first quar­ter with shots by se­niors So­nia For­ney and Pre­cious Price. How­ever, those were the only points of the quar­ter for the Lady Rams, as Love­joy went on a 6-0 run and ended the first quar­ter with a 6-5 lead.

It took nearly three min­utes into the sec­ond quar­ter for ei­ther team to score a point, but Newton broke the ice on a shot by se­nior Cyn­te­ria Langhorne.

The Lady Rams took a 3-point lead on a shot by Price, but the Lady Wild­cats re­sponded with buck­ets of their own.

Love­joy went on a 7-0 run, and the quick mo­men­tum swing came on a shot by Lady Wild­cats se­nior Laquay Mar­shall. Imani Broad­nax made a layup to give Newton two more points in the quar- ter, but the Lady Wild­cats held a 17-11 lead at half­time.

“In the first half we were asleep,” John­son said. “We al­ready thought it was Satur­day morn­ing and were sup­posed to be in the bed, but I woke them up dur­ing our half­time talk.”

The Lady Rams came out with in­ten­sity in the third quar­ter and went on a 5-0 run with all five points com­ing from For­ney. How­ever, the Love­joy re­sponded with its own 5-0 run and capped off the spurt with a 3-pointer from fresh­man Am­ber Thorn­ton.

Thorn­ton’s bas­ket was the last bright spot for the Lady Wild­cats, as the Lady Rams went on a 9-4 run and ended the third quar­ter with a 29-28 lead.

The Rams opened the fourth quar­ter on another 5-0 run with four points com­ing from Reed. Reed also con­nected on a pair of 3-point­ers in the pe­riod, and the Lady Rams cruised to a 16-point win.

“I think she (Reed) fi­nally just re­laxed,” John­son said. “She played a good in­side-out­side game. She just put it all to­gether to­day.”

The Lady Rams re­turn to ac­tion Fri­day when they travel to Al­covy to take on their ri­vals.

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