Lady Bulldogs chomp Lakeland

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011

King’s Fork’s Chelsea Robinson drives along the baseline against Lakeland’s Rodnesia Sallins during Tuesday night’s city rivalry game at Lakeland. The Lady Bulldogs (12-10, 11-7) beat Lakeland 47-28. Robinson had five points and six rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.

King’s Fork spoiled senior night for Lakeland’s five senior girls basketball players with a 47-28 win Tuesday night at Lakeland.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-10, 11-7) made it a season sweep over their city rivals and three straight wins to cap the regular season. Pending other Southeastern District results Tuesday night, King’s Fork could wind up seeded anywhere from fourth to sixth for the district tournament which is set to start Tuesday.

Lakeland (4-17, 2-16) entered last night tied with Great Bridge for the eighth seed, the final slot into the district tournament. Great Bridge faced Indian River Tuesday night.

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Lakeland’s five seniors, Rodnesia Sallins, Crystal Treat, Dashea Collins, Tashah Woodus and Danielle Reeves, made the Lady Cavalier senior night starting lineup an obvious selection.

After the Lady Cavaliers jumped out to a 4-2 lead however, King’s Fork answered in a hurry.

The Lady Bulldogs went more than six minutes before netting a field goal. KF’s aggressive driving to the basket created Lady Cavalier fouls though and the Lady Bulldogs made them pay off going 8-for-8 at the foul line in the opening minutes.

Chelsea Robinson drained a right-corner three-pointer to make it 11-4 KF and the Lady Bulldogs led 12-5 at the end of a quarter.

The fouls added up versus the home side and three of the Lady Cavalier starters had two or more fouls 0:20 into the second period. Lakeland had little depth to start with eight healthy players in uniform.

Whitney Nichols made two more KF free throws, making her 6-for-6 in the first half, to build an 18-9 Lady Bulldog lead.

Lakeland chipped back within five points before King’s Fork got the last two hoops of the half. Chantel Roberts made a lay-up off of Brittnay Alston’s rebound, save along the baseline and assist as the clock rolled under 0:10 for a 22-13 KF lead at the break.

The second half was a 2-2 defensive struggle for the first three minutes until the Lady Bulldogs started turning some of their defense straight into offense and pulled away for good.

KF freshman center Khadedra Croker turned in four of her eight blocked shots in the third quarter. A couple of her blocks turned into King’s Fork fast breaks.

Alston got a steal and breakaway lay-in to put KF up 27-15 with 4:25 to go in the third. Croker rebounded her own miss and scored. Kurtisha Ewell stole the ball near midcourt and went in for a lay-up, followed by Croker scoring again inside the paint and suddenly KF had run away to a 33-15 margin.

Woodus led the Lady Cavaliers with eight points and seven rebounds. Collins, with two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, added six points, five rebounds and three steals.

Nichols led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Croker totaled nine points, eight blocks and eight rebounds. Ewell had eight points and seven rebounds.

“Overall, we’re playing better basketball. We had a lot of young players, young kids, and just now they’re understanding what we’re trying to do a lot better,” said King’s Fork head coach Maurice Fofana.

The Lady Bulldogs went 7-2, with the losses being a 46-45 loss to Indian River and a 51-43 loss to No. 1-seed Western Branch, through the second half of the district season.

“I don’t think it makes a lot of difference who we play (in the district tournament) as long as we play our game,” Fofana said.