Both Senior and Junior Lady Warriors swat Hornets

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

By DAN BRAWNER

Tribune Sports Staff

Coach Bobby Lewallen was trying his best to be generous about the Lady Warriors' 68-37 blowout of Harrisburg last Thursday night at Lepanto, but it was hard considering the ease with which his team defeated the Lady Hornets.

"We played pretty good," Lewallen said in understatement. "One thing we did do better was shooting free throws. We shot 75 percent, but we've been working on that every day since the NEA. Plus we shot well from the outside."

Needless to say, the Lady Warriors had an easy time from the very beginning of the game, building a 14-point, 21-7, lead by the end of the first period. The second period was the Lady Hornets' best as they shot 17 points to EPC's 18.

The third quarter quickly ended any hope the Lady Hornets had for a comeback as EPC outscored the visitors by 19-9, then followed that up with a 10-4 final period.

Jordan Madden had a game-high 17 while LaPorscha Williams had 10. Following them were Jocelyn Joplyn and Becca Ross with nine each, Carla Kemp and Madison McCorkle six each, Katelyn Armstrong and Cara Pilgrim four each and Kelli Saddler three.

For Harrisburg, Paige Beasley had 12, and both Samantha Gravette and Kenna Richardson 10 each.

Jr. Lady Warriors 52, Jr. Lady Hornets 23

The Junior Lady Warriors' contest wasn't much more of a test than the senior game would turn out to be.

After a slow first quarter start (11-9), EPC went on a rampage of 20-9 in the second quarter and 15-4 in the third for a 46-17 lead. They then simply coasted in the fourth for the 52-23 win.

"We played really well," Lewallen said. "We looked much better on offense. We've been working on making good passes, not just passes, but good passes. We succeeded in that some. We're doing better all around, but we want to be playing our best by district tournament time."

Brittany Ball lead the Lady Warriors with 15 with Taneshia Jones close behind with 13. Devin May and Hannah Turner had six points each, Keyerah Young five, Candace Ashley, Casey Simmons and Shaniqua Monk all scored two each and Whitney Ball finished with one.

Harrisburg's Barnhart had 13.

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