Lady Rams cruise to win over Foun­tain Lake

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - ZACH PARKER

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.”

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