Bulldogs pick up wins

Published 6:31 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016

Both King’s Fork High School basketball teams picked up wins Friday night against Great Bridge High School.

The Lady Bulldogs move to 4-0 on the season after defeating Great Bridge 70-41. KFHS had four girls score in double figures.

Though the Lady Bulldogs have been winning by relatively huge margins, coach Maurice Fofana and the Lady Bulldogs aren’t quite satisfied with where they are yet. Fofana wants to see improvement, particularly on the defensive end.

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“If we can get our defense to where I really want it to be, it’s going to be tough to score on us,” Fofana said. “That’s going to allow us to get into transition and score points.”

Fofana has liked how the team has been shooting from the free throw line over the past few games. As a team, they are shooting around 80 percent — an improvement from last year and a mark that Fofana is satisfied with.

King’s Fork boys’ basketball team defeated Great Bridge on the road Friday night. The win put the Bulldogs at 3-1.

James Hatton led the way for the Bulldogs with 22 points, hitting six three-pointers, while Rontre Pope added 11. Raemaad Wright had nine points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks for the Bulldogs. Through the four games the Bulldogs have played, Wright is averaging 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks a game.

“It was a good effort out there,” Bulldogs coach Josh Worrell said. “We jumped out early and played well.”

The Bulldogs were up as much as 20-7 at one point in the game. At halftime, the Bulldogs had the lead but were only up by 10. They pushed the lead back up in the second half and were able to seal the deal.

“We had a chance to get everybody to play and work on some things I know we will need down the stretch later on in the season,” Worrell said.

Worrell was satisfied with the way the team responded after a close loss to Western Branch High School last Tuesday.

“I’m happy with the way the guys were able to bounce back,” Worrell said. “We came out with a lot of energy and a lot of fire. That was encouraging for me to know that they were going to come out and compete every game, no matter who they are playing.”

Of the four games the Bulldogs have played this season, three have been on the road. As they sit at 3-1, Worrell is satisfied with where the team is, though he knows they still have work to do.

King’s Fork plays Suffolk rival Lakeland High School on Tuesday. The boys will play at Lakeland, while the girls will be at home. The start time for both games will be 7:15 p.m.

Last year, the Bulldogs fell to the Cavs by 10, while the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Cavs.