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Basketball: Lambert in tip-top Shipe
Forward leads Longhorns over West
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Lambert High School’s Trevor Shipes puts up a shot Tuesday during the Longhorns’ win over West Forsyth. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Lambert’s Trevor Shipes made his presence known around the rim all night.

The 6-foot-6 forward finished the game 11-of-14 for 25 points and helped the Longhorns secure a 58-36 win Tuesday over the Wolverines at West Forsyth High School.

“As a team, we like to think of it as our region,” Shipes said. “We know that we have a lot of talent this year to do big things and go far. I knew since they didn’t have much size, I had to go to work right off the bat.

“We just came out here to dominate. We don’t like to let any team think they can run with us, so we know that we have to come out and be the aggressor and not let up the entire game.”

The Wolverines (1-4, 0-2 Region 6B-AAAAAA) had a difficult time breaking Lambert’s full-court press, as they turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. The Longhorns took advantage of the miscues to the tune of a 14-4 lead to end the first quarter and a 28-16 halftime score.

West’s Jimmy Staiti scored seven of his team-high 12 points in the second half, but Lambert never allowed a substantial scoring run.

“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” first-year West head coach Jim Cook said. “We need to take a look at what puts us in a position to where we have to scramble around and fight from behind.

“…We just have to get stronger. You could tell the [Lambert players] were stronger. I think as we get stronger, that will give us a little more confidence and a little more wherewithal to be able to defend big guys in the post.”

Lambert (3-4, 2-0) poured on 12 more points to extend its lead to 40-23 to end the third period before claiming the 58-36 win.

“We’re just playing one game at a time,” Lambert head coach Scott Bracco said. “It’s early. We’re just trying to improve every day. Our goal is to get better with every practice and each game.

“Trevor had a great game tonight. He did a great job posting up and finishing in the paint. He did a great job rebounding at both ends of the court, and that’s the Trevor that we’ve been waiting for and looking for and expecting.”

West will play host to South Forsyth on Friday, while Lambert will play Johns Creek on Friday at home.