KF basketball sweeps Lakeland

Published 9:56 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2016

King’s Fork High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams took victories over rival Lakeland High School on Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs took care of business at home in an 82-27 victory over the Lady Cavaliers. Amesha Miller, Tytionnia Smith and Brianna Copeland all scored 15 points apiece for the Lady Bulldogs. The win puts them at 5-0 on the year. The Lady Cavs dropped to 0-6 on the year.

On the boys’ side, the Bulldogs were able to get the best of the Cavs in a 62-31 victory. Despite the lopsided score, there was no shortage of energy from the crowd as the game had drawn a packed house at Lakeland.

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The Bulldogs lost the game against the Cavs last year, and it looked like it proved to be motivation for King’s Fork this year. KFHS jumped out on the Cavs early, and the Cavs were not able to recover. All night, the Bulldogs were on top of their game.

Cavs coach Clint Wright tipped his hat to the Bulldogs for the performance they put on Tuesday evening.

“Hats off to King’s Fork,” Wright said. “They played very well. This is always a great rivalry. We’ve gone back and forth over the years. They were simply on their game out there.”

Lakeland had opportunities to keep the game close, but ultimately they couldn’t hit shots. Wright wasn’t particularly happy with the Cavs’ effort Tuesday night. He’s seen his team compete at a much higher level in previous games. Whatever intensity they came out with, the Bulldogs were able to match and exceed propelling them to the victory.

King’s Fork was able to capitalize on every mistake made by the Cavs while also taking advantage of the poor shooting night the Cavs had. The win puts King’s Fork at 4-1 on the year, and the loss puts Lakeland at 1-5.

James Hatton had 16 points for the Bulldogs, and Omar Skinner had 14. Raemaad Wright added 16 rebounds.

Lakeland’s basketball teams will take on Hickory on Friday. The boys will play at Hickory, while the girls will play at home. King’s Fork will play Grassfield on Friday. The boys will be at home, while the girls will be at Grassfield. All games will start at 7:15 p.m.