Lady Bulldogs dominate NR on court

Published 11:25 pm Friday, December 19, 2014

The showdown between King’s Fork High School’s girls’ basketball team and visiting Nansemond River High School on Thursday night did not prove to be much of a contest. The Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 72-45 win.

“We played very well last night,” KF coach Maurice Fofana said Friday morning, later elaborating that his players shared the ball well. “That’s kind of what we want to do every night.”

The statistical product of their efforts was remarkable, yielding a rare feat for a basketball team at any level — four players finishing with double-doubles.

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To see this happen as a coach, “it’s probably the first time for me,” Fofana said. “The kids played hard, they worked hard, and it showed.”

Sophomore Cydney Nichols recorded 19 points and 10 steals, sophomore Amesha Miller had 18 points and 14 rebounds, junior Jazlyn Dunn registered 15 points and 13 boards and senior Imani Lewis contributed 13 points and 10 assists.

Reflecting on his team’s performance, Lady Warriors coach R. Calvin Mason Sr. said, “Really, to me, it was astounding.”

He noted that King’s Fork has a good team this year but said that he thinks he has a good one, too. The Lady Warriors have shown significant improvement over last year’s start.

“We weren’t mentally prepared to play a game last night,” he said on Friday, but was unsure of exactly why they weren’t ready. “We were never in the game from the beginning.”

Fofana highlighted some other specific positives produced by the Lady Bulldogs.

“They didn’t turn the ball over as much as I spoke about in the past,” he said. “Our defense, we created a bunch of turnovers, too.”

He said Nansemond River had been held to around 30 points before scoring probably 15 in the fourth quarter, when the game was already out of reach.

For the Lady Warriors, junior Aneka Yelverton scored 16 points and junior Sabre Clegg added 13.

King’s Fork (7-1, 2-0) hosted Deep Creek High School on Friday night and will resume play on Jan. 6 against host Hickory High School.

Nansemond River (6-2, 1-1) will return to action on Dec. 27, competing in an event in Charleston, S.C.

“I think it’s going to be a good experience for us,” Mason said of the trip, adding trips are so expensive nowadays, it is hard to do them every year. “I just like the experience it gives the girls of getting away and giving them the chance to bond.”