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011923 lovelady bbLovelady sophomore Lexi Price scored her 1000th career point during Friday night's game against Leon. Lovelady's Jayton Crawford shoots during the district opener Friday night against Leon. The Lions won 57-29. Photos by Larry Lamb

From staff reports

LOVELADY — The Lovelady Lady Lions are off to an impressive start to their District 20-2A basketball campaign.

After winning their first two games on the road against Latexo 66-16 and Groveton 74-38, the Lady Lions handled Leon 66-45 in their first home appearance last Friday.

Leon was able to keep Lovelady within reach for the first half but couldn't keep up the pace after halftime.

Lovelady only led 19-14 after a quarter and 31-26 at the break before taking charge in the third with a 19-5 run for a 50-31 advantage.

Sophomore Lexi Price scored 25 points and reached the 1,000-point career milestone during the game. She joins junior teammate Aaliyah Jones in the 1000-point club.

Price booked 4 treys, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals against Leon.

Jones rounded out double figures with 14 points (2 treys), 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Shelby Pugh finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Kylie Pugh was right behind with 8 points and 5 rebounds .

Haley Davidson had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists; Haley Shupak scored 3 points and Addi Carney chipped in 2 points and 4 rebounds.

Opening district with Latexo on Jan. 6, the Lady Lions jumped out to a 19-3 lead and went on to win 66-16.

It was 36-9 at halftime and 52-12 after three.

Price recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in addition to 6 assists and 7 steals

Jones rounded out double figures with 13 points while also booking 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

Davidson had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals

Also contributing for the Lady Lions were Diara Woods with 6 points and 5 rebounds; Shelby Pugh with 5 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals; Shupak with 4 points and 4 rebounds; Carney with 2 points and 5 rebounds and Kylie Pugh with 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Playing Groveton last Tuesday, the Lady Lions turned in another dominating performance in a 74-38 victory.

The first quarter told the story as Lovelady grabbed a 27-8 lead and stretched it to 47-20 at the break.

Groveton matched Lovelady's 10 points in the third quarter but the Lady Lions closed out the game with a 17-8 run.

Price scorched the nets for 32 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals.

Jones was next in scoring with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals

Davidson finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals

Shelby Pugh was the top rebounder with 10 and chipped in with 5 points and 4 steals.

Shupak had 5 points and 2 rebounds while Kylie Pugh finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds.

Lovelady continued district play Tuesday at Grapeland and will host Centerville on Friday to finish the first round.

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