Lady Cavs fall hard at home

Published 10:13 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

After a buzzer-beater one-point loss to Oscar Smith earlier this season, the host Lakeland girls’ basketball team could not hang with the Lady Tigers this time, losing 70-32 on Tuesday night.

Lady Cavaliers head coach Brandey Blunt explained what she thought the difference was between the two meetings with OS.

Lakeland junior guard Kyiesha Barrett puts up a shot during the second quarter against Oscar Smith on Tuesday night. The Lady Cavaliers lost 70-32 at home. Barrett led her team with 15 points and five steals.

“Effort is something that everybody has, but if you don’t use it or you don’t put forth any, things like this happen,” she said. “I felt like we just didn’t put forth the effort.”

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Lakeland was led by junior guard Kyiesha Barrett with 15 points and five steals.

“She played very well,” Blunt said. “That’s about it, though, because everybody else really didn’t play well at all. She played all by herself.”

The Lady Cavaliers had not played since Jan. 19, which was a 47-37 win over I.C. Norcom, the team’s third of the season. They were not able to sustain the momentum on Tuesday for a second district win, however.

Blunt told her players she simply wants them to give the team their best effort.

“The outcome I can deal with as long as we put forth the effort and we play hard,” Blunt said.

Lakeland (3-15, 1-14) plays tonight at Indian River.