Lady Rams cruise to win over Fountain Lake
FOUNTAIN LAKE — Facing Fountain Lake in the season opener for both teams, Lakeside’s Ashton Patrick wasted no time making her presence felt Tuesday night.
The junior scored 13 points in the first quarter, finishing with a game-high 23 in Lakeside’s 59-38 win at Bass Gymnasium.
“I’m really pleased with her performance,” Lakeside coach Chris Brock said. “She’s a really good shooter; what I’m always on her about is really attacking the basket, and she did that tonight. People will start to fly to her, because they know she can shoot. I really love it when she attacks the basket, and I thought she got a lot of baskets off of that.”
Lakeside opened the game on a 14-2 run behind the strength of its outside shooting as Lindsey Davis connected on two three-pointers and Patrick buried one from behind the arc.
Fountain Lake pulled within 17-7 on a basket from Emoree Martin, but the Lady Rams closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run to hold a commanding 31-9 lead.
“That early lead helped us be a little more free with our shot selection,” said Brock. “It was really a point of emphasis for us, because we didn’t start well in our benefit game the other night. We really talked about coming out with a different intensity, and it all started with our defense. When our defense is really good and really attaching, we’re going to get what we want on offense.”
The Lady Cobras lived at the free-throw line in the second quarter, but only converted on seven of 16 attempts. Despite strug-
gling from the field, Lakeside maintained a 38-18 advantage at the half.
Patrick had 16 points in the first half while Martin scored six points for Fountain Lake.
Fountain Lake showed signs of life with 10 points in the third quarter, Lyndsey Blees and Hannah Ross each with six, but the Lady Rams stretched their lead to 54-28 entering the final frame. Abby Mahoney scored six points in the third for Lakeside while Lindsey Davis connected on a trey.
“We’ve got a lot of girls that can shoot; once they started feeling it, we’re going to make a bunch,” Brock said. “We were getting shots that we wanted, and we feel really good about our set of guards. It doesn’t have to be just one we’re working the ball to; we’ve got multiple girls that can shoot it.”
As Lakeside coasted to victory, the Lady Cobras hit eight of 11 shots from the free-throw line and outscored the Lady Rams 10-5 in the fourth quarter. Davis finished with 11 points for Lakeside while Mahoney added eight.
Blees and Martin paced the Lady Cobras with eight points each, and Isabelle Baker chipped in with seven.
Lakeside (0-1) travels to White Hall Friday while Fountain Lake (0-1) hosts Mena on Nov. 21.
“Our girls expect to play well now, and we expect a certain level when we go out there,” said Brock. “It’s really big right now for our conditioning. We need to get some more game time on their legs and get to where fatigue is never a factor.”