Seniors shine at EPC

Thursday, February 2, 2012

It was senior night in Lepanto where nine seniors were honored as they played their last home game of their high school careers. Brittany Ball, Whitney Ball and Terrika Madden carried the Lady Warriors to an 87-58 victory before A.J. Ford, Jori Ford, Wendell Pritchett, Darius Barnes, Jaron Snyder and Martin Powell posted a 68-37 win to complete the sweep of Maynard. The boys' win was their 18th in a row.

Lady Warrior Whitney Ball hits an inside shot during senior girls' basketball action in Lepanto. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

In the girls' contest, EPC had six girls hit the double digit mark as they came out running from the start.

The first quarter was a back and forth game with each team trading buckets and matching up well. Teria Young hit a three-pointer with 35 seconds left in the first that gave EPC (16-7, 11-4 2A-3) an 18-16 lead after the first period.

Madden got the second period rolling with a three-point shot and less than a minute into the period the Lady Warriors had opened a seven point lead on a Whitney Ball layup. Alicia Ross hit a short jumper with less than a minute left in the half before Synteria Ward grabs an offensive board and drives the floor hitting a short jumper at the buzzer giving EPC a 37-23 halftime lead.

EPC opened the third period going on a 6-3 run in the first two minutes to push their lead to 17 at 43-26. Brittany Ball extended that lead to 20 with an inside basket to make the score 46-26 with 3:50 left in the third. Maynard hit a couple shots trying to get back in the game but EPC answered each time. Ward again finishes the quarter with a full length drive and basket to set the score at 58-39 after three periods of play.

The fourth quarter saw EPC empty their bench getting everybody in the game. The Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Tigers 29-19 on their way the win.

Seniors Terrika Madden, Brittany Ball and Whitney Ball scored 19, 18 and 14 points respectively to lead EPC. Alicia Ross added 11 points as Young and Ward both chipped in 10 for the Lady Warriors.

"We played hard and did what were supposed to do," EPC coach Bobby Lewallen said after the game. "We had a good team effort tonight."

Boys' Game

A.J. Turner scored four of the first six points of game as EPC got out to 6-0 lead and never looked back. The Warriors fast pace attack gave them a 19-9 lead after the first period. A big highlight of the period was Turner's two-handed stuff of a lob pass from Jammar Sturdivant.

EPC's Jori Ford breaks away for a lay up againt Maynard in boys' baskeball action in Lepanto. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Sturdivant opened the second period with four straight points to push EPC's lead to 23-9. The Warriors fast pace offense continued throughout the period and gave the Warriors a 42-20 lead at the half.

The Warriors opened the third period with a 9-2 run to build a 19 point lead at 51-22. The Warriors continued their attack in the period and capped the period with Jori Ford hitting a three-pointer right before the buzzer to set the score at 63-29 after three.

The fourth quarter was much like the girls' game with EPC substituting often getting everybody into the game on the way to the victory.

Senior A.J. Turner led the Warriors (19-1, 14-0) with 16 points as fellow senior Jori Ford netted 13. Sturdivant added 13 points for EPC as well.

"Good team win tonight," EPC coach Josh Hill said after the game. "We are going to work had the next couple weeks getting ready for tournament play."

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