LORAIN — Just when the Admiral King girls thought they had Southview put away, the Saints hit a pair of late free throws, cutting their deficit to 30 points.
Some teams just won’t go away.
But despite Southview’s 5-0 last-minute run, the Admirals rolled to a 75-48 victory over their crosstown rival on Saturday in Lake Erie League basketball action. Admiral King
(7-2, 3-1 LEL) led from start to finish.
It might have been a different story had the Saints been able to buy a basket. They shot less than 20 percent from the field for the game, just 15 percent the second half.
The reason the Admirals’ margin wasn’t greater is they allowed Southview 32 foul shots in the second half, 19 in the fourth quarter. The Saints made 22 of them the final 16 minutes.
“I told the girls that missing those shots early affected us mentally,” said Saints coach Scott Plzak. “We’re so young and we got so frustrated.”
The Saints (4-4, 2-2 LEL) start a junior, Jasmine Barnett; two sophomores, Tanitra Smith and Ashley Evans; and two freshmen, Tierra Whitfield and Shaniqua Ogle.
“With freshmen and sophomores out there, that’s what happens,” Plazak said. “I told them, you know, we’re not mad or angry about anything, we’re not even disappointed. That’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes. They just have to keep their heads up. And Admiral King’s an experienced team. They’re out there with juniors and seniors.”
King junior Shalanda Harvey had another big game, scoring a team-high 19 points. Five Admirals, including four starters, finished in double figures. Derekia Mahone added 13 points, including three of the team’s six 3-pointers, and Kinesia Thorpe, Ivory Smith and Sharde Little all finished with 11.
“I’ve been working on my shot,” said Harvey, who scored eight field goals, mostly from close range. “I didn’t shoot much last season because I wasn’t too confident.”
On the other hand, Thorpe was confident of the outcome.
“I don’t want to say we knew we were going to win, but we were confident,” said the senior Thorpe. “It means a lot, because this is the last time I’ll play Southview on this floor. I thought our offense was good except there toward the end. We committed a lot of fouls and stuff, and they shot 35 times from the free throw line.”
Admirals coach Cheryl Bansek couldn’t agree more.
“I wasn’t happy with how we played in the second half,” she said. “We anticipated a little too much on defense. We wanted to get the steal before the steal was really there and we sent them to the line. They scored a lot of points at the free throw line. You can’t do that against good teams; they’ll blow us out.”
The Saints’ Evans scored a game-high 20 points after making 11 of the dozen foul shots she took in the fourth quarter. Barnett, the junior, scored 10.
Admiral King 75, Southview 48
SOUTHVIEW (48): Tommalia Richardson 1-0-2, Tanitra Smith 0-0-0, Celeste Adkinson 0-0-0, Tierra Whitfield 1-3-5, Tiondra Smith 0-7-7, Ashley Evans, 4-11-20, Maria Nazario 1-2-4, Shaniqua Ogle 0-0-0, Jasmine Barnett 0-0-0. Totals: 12-23-48.
ADMIRAL KING (75): Shakyla Legard 0-0-0, Derekia Mahone 5-0-13, Jillian Van Wagnen 0-2-2, Sharde Little 4-3-11, Dominique Higginbotham 2-0-4, Shalanda Harvey 8-3-19, Sheral Robinson 1-0-2, Kinesia Thorpe 4-1-11, I’esha Holley 1-0-2, Ivory Smith 4-2-11. Totals 29-11-75.
Southview 5 10 17 16 — 48
Admiral King 14 20 22 19 — 75
Three-point goals: Southview 1-8 (Evans); Admiral King 6-13 (Mahone 3, Thorpe 2, I. Smith). Field goals: Southview 12-62 (19 percent); Admiral King 29-83 (35 percent). Free throws: southview 23-35; Admiral King 11-19. Rebounds: Southview 41; Admiral King 51. Turnovers: Southview 29; Admiral King 22. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Admiral King, 41-37.