Lambert’s girls have been stockpiling wins lately, and that may prove critical as the team closes the season with a difficult stretch of games.
The Lady Longhorns picked up a 63-44 victory against Johns Creek on Tuesday at the Lambert gymnasium, marking their fifth consecutive win.
Lambert (14-6 overall, 8-2 Region 7-AAAA) sits in third place in the standings heading into today’s game against region-leading, No. 5-ranked Creekview. All five of the Lady Longhorns’ final opponents are with them in the top six of the region standings.
“We need to finish strong,” Lambert head coach Seth Thompson said.
“We’re in control of where we’re going to be. The highest seed we can get, the better we’re going to be in the region tournament.
“Right now I feel good about where we are.”
The Lady Longhorns didn’t turn in their best effort against Johns Creek (9-9, 4-5) on Tuesday, but they were never in danger of losing the game.
Lambert controlled the paint, receiving double-digit scoring efforts from Christina Johnson (23 points), Peyton Card (11) and Colleen Malone (11).
The Lady Longhorns led 29-21 at halftime despite struggling with turnovers through much of the first two quarters.
“We had a real hard time in the first half,” Thompson said.
“Our focus wasn’t real good. [Johns Creek is] a real quick team ... and so they gave us some problems as far as their overall speed.”
The third quarter was almost a stalemate, as Lambert never led by fewer than eight points or more than 12 and entered the fourth period ahead 48-36.
Johnson quickly gave Lambert more breathing room in the final quarter, scoring the first basket of the period before stealing the ball and converting a layup for two more points.
She caught a pass underneath the hoop with just under four minutes remaining and dropped in another basket that pushed the lead to 59-39, and the team’s reserve players did the cleanup work during the final three minutes.
“Second half, we came back out, we got back into what we wanted to do and really pushed the tempo,” Thompson said.
“We didn’t hit many 3s tonight, but we were going to drive and take some better, closer shots.”