Lady Cavs lock in third seed for region

Published 9:51 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

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The Lakeland High School girls’ basketball team will head into the playoffs with the No. 3 seed in the region.

By all accounts, outsiders have been surprised with what Lakeland has accomplished this season. Playing in a tough Southeastern District as the smallest classification, the Lady Cavs were able to triple their win total from just a season ago.

Finishing the regular season with a 15-7 record gives the Lady Cavs one of the top three seeds in the region and a first-round bye. They will take the court Tuesday night at home to face the winner between Lafayette High School and Colonial Heights High School.

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With such a young team, the Lady Cavs have often said throughout the season they feel they continue to get better every time they step on the court. Lakeland feels they are prepared for this moment.

“I think we are prepared,” sophomore Jamauri Demiel said. “As a team, we knew that this year was going to be our turning point before the season even started, so now it’s like kind of watching our dreams turn into reality.”

The Lady Cavs feel like the key to their success during their playoff run is being able to keep a level head. Intensity is high, and one loss could send you home. However, they feel if they continue to stay poised through any type of adversity, that should bode well for them.

Lakeland will host the Lafayette/Colonial Heights winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday.