KFHS girls overwhelm LHS

Published 11:46 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

King's Fork junior power forward/center Khadedra Croker and Lakeland senior forward Chardonnay Patterson compete on the opening tip-off during the Lady Bulldogs' 87-39 road victory Tuesday evening.

The King’s Fork Lady Bulldogs concluded their regular season on the road against cross-town rival Lakeland, winning 87-39 on Tuesday.

Previously in a game last week against Oscar Smith, Lady Cavaliers head coach Brandey Blunt had been upset with the lack of effort from most of her team. She noted that Tuesday’s final home game was a different story.

“Last night, I was pretty content with their effort,” she said. “They did put forth a little more effort.”

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As it was Senior Night for the Lady Cavs, Blunt lined up a clear motivation for her girls.

“This was their seniors’ last home game, and I wanted them to go just play hard for their seniors, and I feel like they did,” she said.

King’s Fork head coach Maurice Fofana said his team played pretty well. He said Lakeland’s intensity had helped wake up his players.

“Some games kids really don’t even get up to play, but once we saw that they were going to make a game of it if we didn’t take control, then the tables kind of turned,” he said.

Senior wing Adrieanna McCrary led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points and was joined in double figures by senior small forward Julissa Riddick with 16 points, junior power forward/center Khadedra Croker with 14 and senior shooting guard Shaikeyla Jordan with 11.

Lakeland was led by junior guard Kyiesha Barrett, who posted 10 points. Freshman guard D’Jannay Patterson scored seven points, and senior forward Chardonnay Patterson added six.

Coach Fofana could not help but express some dissatisfaction at the conclusion of the regular season, despite what some might consider a glowing record.

“It’s OK,” he said. “The numbers don’t really determine or say how good we really are. We didn’t win the district this year, so really 19-3, 16-2 in the district, is not what we set out to do at the beginning of the year. So, it’s kind of a disappointment for us.”

Of course, the year is far from over for the Lady Bulldogs and could still have a happy ending.

“All is not lost by not winning the district,” Fofana said. “We just have to go out and win the district tournament, the regionals, and, still, the state.”

Lakeland (3-18, 1-17) faced Western Branch tonight for its final game of the regular season. King’s Fork begins play in the district tournament on Monday at home.