Behind two balanced efforts, Leesville Road swept Broughton at home in boys’ and girls’ basketball Tuesday to notch the first Cap-8 victory for each squad.
The Leesville boys defeated the Capitals, 57-50, while the Pride girls won the earlier game.
Leesville boys attack in second and third quarters
Broughton (4-4, 1-1 Cap-8) came out with a strong first quarter, taking a 15-12 lead after 8 minutes. It used a balanced scoring effort with all five starters making a field goal in the first 4 minutes.
But over the middle quarters, Leesville (4-4, 1-1) came back with high energy, which led to points and turnovers. The Pride outscored the Caps 31-15 during the second and third quarters combined.
“(Leesville) didn’t come out strong like they typically do, but in that second quarter they got it going and they really made it difficult for us,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “They started playing like the veteran team that they are.”
Alex Hunter paced the team with 19 points and also commanded the Pride’s offense. Running mate Jonathan Mebane added 11 points, and big man Eric Scollard completed a three-pronged attack with 10.
“We shared the ball well and the best part of our team is we have a great chemistry,” Leesville coach Russ Frazier said.
Patrick Rice, who finished with four points, brought energy to the floor for the Pride, sprinting around on the full court press and crashing the boards. He spoke up on defense multiple times, getting teammates set and once snuffing out a double screen on an inbounds play.
Though Leesville cruised to a 43-30 lead through three quarters, the Caps wouldn’t lose easily. Tharon Suggs and Jack Hemphill scored multiple times to get Broughton within three points and the ball with less than a minute to go. Suggs finished with 13 points, Hemphill added 11 and shooting guard Aaron Gottfried led Broughton with 14.
“The kids have to decide are they going to play or not, and they decided, hey let’s play some defense,” Ferrell said. “They really started scrapping and flying all over the court and got a couple of steals, got some transition buckets.”
Despite the comeback attempt, Leesville closed out the game with some free throws and missed shots from Broughton.
“We gotta learn to play four quarters, and we gotta learn to play hard every possession” Ferrell said. “That’s always been a trademark of our teams and sometimes this team’s not doing that.”
Pride girls get victory
Before the boys’ game, the Leesville girls (7-1, 1-1) ran out to a 36-17 lead at half and finished with the 71-52 win.
The Pride put up points, but they also played stifling defense, holding Broughton (2-6, 0-2) to just five points in the second quarter.
“We had a good night shooting the ball, which makes a big difference,” Leesville girls’ basketball coach Ben Daniels said. “Our execution still wasn’t as crisp as I’d like in the first half.”
In the second half, the Caps went with more full court defense, and that caused problems for some backups playing for Leesville. Broughton forced turnovers, which led to quick transition shots. Brittany Smith carried the Caps all night with 19 points in the second half before finishing with 28.
But Leesville was just too big and too deep. Lauren McNamara-Clement scored all eight of her points in the second half, showing off some good post positioning and inside touch. Kelly Funderburk hit five free throws in the fourth quarter to up her total to a team-leading 16, and Shea Plocharczyk followed with 14.