Fork feels at home at Lakeland
The King’s Fork Lady Bulldogs completed the road half of a potential Suffolk sweep Friday night at Lakeland.
Behind 28 points and 16 rebounds from Sugar Rodgers, KF outscored the Lady Cavs in each quarter for an 84-46 win.
KF (12-1, 7-1) took care of Nansemond River back in December, 66-31, and the 84 points on Lakeland’s home floor was the second-best offensive output of the season for the Lady Bulldogs (KF beat Oscar Smith 89-32 on Dec. 20).
With the score 6-4 KF and 3:46 left in the opening quarter, the Lady Bulldogs made the first big run of the night, scoring 10 unanswered points, with back-to-back threes by Rodgers and Brittany Holloway making the score 16-4 at the 1:45 mark.
Lakeland’s Sharde Brown scored two inside buckets in a row, briefly giving the Lady Cavs some momentum, but Rodgers was fouled on a three-point try as time expired, the three was off the mark, but Rodgers converted two-of-three from the line, making it 18-8 KF after a period.
The lead grew to 26-10, but Lakeland stayed in touch with Fork, with a couple Natarsha Whitworth free throws and a three by LeCetra Arrington from deep on the left wing cutting the margin to 26-15.
The teams traded points for the last four minutes of the half, and KF led 37-25 at the break.
Rodgers already had a double-double in the first half alone with 13 points and 10 boards.
Coming out of the half, Lakeland continued to hold KF within reach, and trailed 41-30 with about four minutes left in the third when the Lady Bulldogs took control for good.
Within a span of about 25 seconds, two hectic, wild KF possessions each ended with Rodgers calmly ending both possessions by swishing three-pointers.
Suddenly, instead of Lakeland still being in the game, Fork had their largest lead of the night at 47-30 at 3:30 in the third.
The Lady Bulldog run continued, with twos by Latora King and Tanisha Williams making the score 51-31 with 2:11 in the quarter.
Ransheeda Jennings and Holloway knocked down treys in the final minute of the period, building a 61-35 lead going to the fourth; KF made 5-of-7 three-pointers in the third quarter.
Three more Lady Bulldogs reached double-figure scoring; King with 15 points, and Holloway and Jennings each had 13.
Jennings also tallied 10 assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Tanisha Williams finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
On the Lakeland side, Brown was the high-scorer with 14 points; Whitworth finished with 13 points and six boards.
As for Fork’s recent injuries, both suffered against Oscar Smith on Dec. 20, King played all three of Fork’s games this week and Keosha Riddick returned to action Friday, playing 15 minutes.
Lakeland (2-8, 2-6) will try to earn a season split against Nansemond River (4-8, 2-6) on Tuesday at NR at 7 p.m.
Next up for KF is a trip to Hickory, also on Tuesday evening.