Lady Bulldogs work through summer

Published 9:49 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scoring: King’s Fork center Khadedra Croker scored 20 points in a 57-19 KF win over Ocean Lakes in a summer league game Wednesday at King’s Fork.

King’s Fork has hosted a boys basketball summer league for the last six years, from the first offseason of the Bulldog basketball program.

This summer is the first time KF’s doing the same for a number of girls basketball teams around the region.

The Lady Bulldogs were in action against Beach District opponent Ocean Lakes Wednesday evening. Behind 20 points by sophomore center Khadedra Croker, King’s Fork (2-1) rolled to a blowout victory, 57-19 over the Lady Dolphins. The win is nice, but the real goal is looking past whatever the summer league record might be and to improvement by the time December comes around.

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In King’s Fork’s case, a team made up largely of underclassmen peaked in the last half of the season last year. Growing enough to move atop the Southeastern District and into the regional or state elite is another set of questions for this winter.

The Lady Bulldogs began pulling away from Ocean Lakes late in the first half, going from a 10-5 lead out to as large as a 23-9 margin in the last minute of the half.

Chantel Roberts, who missed some of last season with a knee injury and played forward when she was in action, played point forward and led the Lady Bulldog offense with her slashing drives into the lane.

Roberts led KF with seven points in the opening half and scored the first four KF points in the second half for a 27-11 lead.

Jasmine Wertz and Kurtisha Ewell are a couple of KF’s good shooters from the perimeter, so Roberts had good options if she needed to kick the ball out after driving into the paint.

Croker around the hoop is where the Lady Bulldogs really wanted to look though.

A season ago as a freshman, the 6-foot-3 Croker dominated on the defensive end with blocked shots and an even greater number of altered shots. On offense, Croker’s main source of points was grabbing rebounds for second and third shot attempts.

During last season, KF head coach Maurice Fofana said getting the ball to Croker consistently through the offense, rather than making her work for everything off of rebounds, would help his team.

While just a summer league game, the Lady Bulldogs showed progress with that plan. Croker poured in 14 of her 20 points in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs kept their lead rolling along.

For any fans looking for hoops to tide them over through the summer, The Kennel is the spot four nights a week. The girls league plays Mondays and Wednesdays and the boys league has up to eight games a night on Tuesdays and Thursdays.