By: Thomas Frank Carr
The Lady Lions Basketball team got off to a sloppy start in their exhibition game versus Lock Haven University on Sunday. They quickly got things together though, and began to dominate their neighbors. The Lady Lions had three scorers in double digits at the half as they dominated Lock Haven 53-25. By then end of the game the Lady Lions had eclipsed the century mark and won the exhibition match 102-51.
Seniors Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas led the team in scoring. Edwards had 21 points in 23 minutes while Maggie Lucas added 19 in 21 minutes. The Lady Lions closed the half near 40 percent but improved to over 50 percent in the second half. The play of the game came with only three seconds left on the clock in the first half. On a fast break, Maggie Lucas delivered a beautiful behind the back pass to Whitted who finished the play for two points as the buzzer sounded to end the first half.
With eight new faces on the team, the freshman class saw a lot of time on the floor Sunday afternoon. In fact the Lady Lions ended the game with five freshman on the floor. Head Coach Coquese Washington didn’t know what to expect from the class but was pleased by the result,
“I was very pleasantly surprised. It was like Christmas day and I was opening gifts. I had no idea. They all made contributions on the floor. I am feeling good about the depth that we have as long as we keep growing over the season.”
Of that group two stood out. G/F Petyon Whitted looked impressive in her first exhibition action. She chipped in two rebounds, an assist and two steals to go along with 11 points. The athletic 6-3 G/F showed versatility down low on defense and good range as she stole a pass and ran the length of the court to finish the fast break herself with a layup over Lock Haven defenders. However the most impressive new face had to be small forward Kaliyah Mitchell. Head Coach Coquese Washington has been very pleased with her progression so far,
“She is a very bright basketball player. She picks up thigns very quickly after doing it once or twice. To see the adjsutmetns that she has made from being a post player and when you see her now she looks like a guard.”
Mitchell was just shy of a double-double in the game. She reeled in 10 rebounds and nine points in fifteen minutes on the court. She also chipped in with an assist, a block and two steals. At 6-2, with good size and athleticism, Mitchell can bring depth and versaitity to the Lady Lions bench if she continues to progress throughout the season.
While the Lady Lions broke the century mark there is still work to be done according to Washington.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Some things that we have to get better at is our chemistry on the court, finding our rhythm and understanding the flow of the game. I think once we find our rhythm and chemistry, we’ll see how good the freshman will do on the court.”
The Lady Lions open their regular season schedule next Friday, November 8th against St. Francis at 7pm.