Lady Bulldogs bite city rivals

Published 9:34 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

King’s Fork High School’s girls’ basketball team rolled past the Lady Warriors in a 60-38 victory Tuesday night.

The King’s Fork/Nansemond River matchup provided a clash between two of the best girls’ basketball teams in Hampton Roads. Both teams were coming of prestigious holiday tournaments where they had gained valuable basketball experience.

To beat Nansemond River, the Lady Bulldogs used their size to its advantage. King’s Fork possesses a bigger front court than Nansemond River, and it made a difference on Tuesday.

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“I think we played well defensively,” KFHS coach Maurice Fofana said. “We shot the ball well and played good on ball defense. We were clicking on all cylinders.”

Tuesday’s win puts the Lady Bulldogs at 9-2 for the season. Amesha Miller led the way for the Bulldogs with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Tytionnia Smith and Camary Harris added 11 points each.

“We wanted to come out and play good basketball,” Miller said. “We wanted to start strong and keep it going. We want to do that against anyone.”

“When we play our style of ball, we are able to do good things,” Fofana said. “Nansemond River is a good team. They are quicker and faster than us, but we were able to use our size to our advantage out there.”

For the Lady Warriors, the loss puts them at 7-5, but the loss is the first one they have taken in Southeastern District play so far. In SED games, the Lady Warriors are 6-1.

Tuesday’s 38 is the lowest point total Nansemond River has put up so far this season. In the first half the Lady Warriors struggled to make things happen. The second half was much stronger but still wasn’t enough.

“It was just one of those nights,” NRHS coach R. Calvin Mason Sr. said. “We didn’t come out ready to play. When you play good teams, you can’t dig yourselves in a whole.”

“We did not play to our full potential,” Cassidy Simmons said. “They shot the ball well and came out ready to play. We came out flat. They hit a few shots, and we got out of our game. The second half was better, but we had already dug ourselves in a hole. We fought our way back, but it wasn’t enough.”

In three of Nansemond River’s losses, a common theme has been big first quarters. Mason said his team did some good things Tuesday night, but they didn’t do enough of them. He hopes the loss will quickly be put behind them as they close out the week.

The Lady Warriors will be at home against Grassfield on Friday, while the Lady Bulldogs will be at Oscar Smith. Both game times are set to start at 7 p.m.