The Lambert Longhorns defended home court on Friday night with the boys and girls winning their respective games by a combined 40 points.
The Lady Longhorns (3-4, 2-2) used their swarming press defense to beat Northview (4-3, 2-1) 33-25. Lambert held Northview to three second quarter points to enter halftime with a 24-9 lead, and they never looked back from there.
“We were trying to cause turnovers and get some easy baskets,” said Head Coach Jaime Fisher, “Which we were able to do in the second quarter.”
The 14 points scored in the second quarter came from a plethora of Lambert players, but it was guard Ashley Johnson who led the charge with six points and five rebounds on the night, despite her shooting a poor 2 for 8 from the free throw line.
Lambert had to grind out the second half where they struggled to get clean looks at the basket. Northview chipped away at the Longhorn lead, but Lambert’s overall defensive presence glued the lead to double digits throughout the second half. They finished the game with 36 rebounds, 10 more than Northview.
On the contrary to a gritty win, the boy’s team (6-0, 3-0) beat down the male Titans (1-6, 0-3) by a score of 83-51.
Lambert used 20 different players to complete the rout. The game never pretended to be close, as Lambert jumped out to an early 20-5 lead in the first quarter. Lambert saw bench players like Hunter Furlong (ten points, one rebound, one block) and Musa Thompson (eight points and three rebounds) step up to play key roles in the win.
“We have a very deep team,” said Head Coach Scott Bracco, “We are rewarding a lot of guys for their effort in practice.”
Bracco subbed in up to five players at a time throughout the game. Both of their main five-man sets played with efficiency on both sides of the ball. Ross Morkem led the way for the starting crew with ten points, two rebounds and an assists. Fellow big man Connor Mannion added his own nine points, five rebounds and three blocks. The two helped control the paint, something Bracco pointed out after the game.
“We were able to control the paint early in the game,” said Braccp “Overall we did a good job of attacking them on the block.”
Northview’s biggest bright spot was point guard Jeremiah Shields. Shields made his presence felt all night on both ends, leading his team with 11 points.