Sanderson couldn’t defend its home court in the Spartans’ Cap Eight girls’ basketball opener Friday and Wakefield walked away with a dominating win, 62-49.
The Wolverines came out of the gates in a half-court trapping press and Sanderson struggled to generate offense. It was held to only two points in the first quarter.
Madison Lenox stuffed the stat sheet for Wakefield early in the game. She had six rebounds, four steals, two points and an assist in the first frame.
Sanderson began its short-lived comeback in the second quarter, bringing the gap to within two points with more than three minutes left in the half.
The comeback was led by Derricka Lewis’ ability to slash to the basket and get tough baskets inside.
“In the second quarter we started playing with a little more effort, a little more energy,” Sanderson head coach Glenn Frazier said. “(The team) looked to attack more and was able to get some shots up and get on the board.”
But after Sanderson’s Bria Gibson picked up two early fouls, Wakefield’s post players went to work. Stephanie Hershaft and D’undra Hooks worked the high-low game to help Wakefield take a 23-15 lead at the half. Hooks came off the bench to finish the game with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Wakefield pushed its pressure up to a full-court press at the beginning of the half to pull away from the Spartans. By the end of the third quarter, Wakefield pushed its lead to 22 points.
According to Wakefield head coach Art Wollett, the Wolverines would’ve had a larger lead had two players not been benched due to disciplinary issues.
“We had some lineups in there that weren’t used to practicing together or playing together,” Wollett said. “We felt like in third quarter we need to come out and get after it.”
Lenox continued to be a statsheet stuffer in the fourth quarter, knocking on the door of a double-double. Despite fouling out in the fourth quarter, Lenox finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
“She’s got the heart of a lion,” Wollett said.
Lewis dropped in 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Spartans, along with four steals.