By Brian Besch
The Livingston Lady Lions ran into a buzzsaw in the state-ranked Lady Hawks Friday, losing 91-28. The competition was likely over after the first quarter, but Hardin-Jefferson has ruined the night early for many teams this season.
A quick Lady Lion advantage was soon in the rearview mirror, never to return. Hardin-Jefferson scored 30 in the opening period and it would be all they needed for the game.
“We were up at first, 7-5 and then I looked up and it just wasn’t there,” Livingston coach Brittany Jefferson said. “But they (Livingston) actually played good in the first quarter. It was real well, but then we had turnovers – a lot of them. The press wasn’t really too much more than we can handle, we were just turning the ball over too much. At first, they were running a simple press, 1-2-2, and we just needed to get the ball in the middle, but they kept dribbling into the trap. That is what got us beat.”
Scoring was spread amongst the Lady Lions with Jon’Toyrian McNeal’s eight points leading the way, Natavia Davis had six, while Mia Poncho and N’Ziya Washington each had five.
There is certainly no shame in losing to the state’s No. 2 team. The Lady Lions will need to begin a new district win streak to grab one of the district’s four playoff spots.
“There is no shame at all,” Jefferson said. “We are just going to take it and it is over with. We will sit and watch films of the different mistakes that we made with the turnovers and point out some good stuff.”
The coach said from what she saw in the first quarter, her team can compete at a high level. She is looking to turn what is learned into a postseason run. The team next travels to Liberty Tuesday to take on the Lady Panthers.