Sumter girls basketball head coach Jeff Schaffer wanted to make sure his team wasn't going to have a hangover after losing to Crestwood in a rivalry game Friday night. When the Lady Gamecocks …
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Sumter girls basketball head coach Jeff Schaffer wanted to make sure his team wasn't going to have a hangover after losing to Crestwood in a rivalry game Friday night. When the Lady Gamecocks hosted Lakewood on Saturday, they made sure a hangover never had a chance to settle in a dominant 76-27 win.
"I think two things helped," said Schaffer on how his team was able to bounce back so quickly from Friday's loss. "Number one is a quick turnaround. You don't have a lot of time to dwell on it, you just have to get right back into the gym and play. It was important for us to get out to a good start. I told them in the locker room before the game, that our concern has to be do we have a hangover? From an intensity standpoint, we gotta come out and set the tempo early. That'll shake the cobwebs out, then you start playing basketball and getting into the flow of things."
Sumter set an emphatic tone right out of the gate, particularly on the defensive end. The Lady Gamecocks pressed Lakewood hard and the young Lady Gator team struggled with that early pressure. Sumter kept Lakewood from making a field goal until three minutes into the second quarter, which allowed the Lade Gamecocks to run out to a fast 33-7 lead.
The Lady Gamecocks really never slowed down after that. They led by as many as 49 points as they cruised to victory. Nine out of the 10 Sumter girls scored in the victory, led by an 18-point performance by Tamerah Brown. Layken Cox added another 16, while Nina Edlow and Shamira Andrews each scored 10.
Lakewood struggled to get much offense going all night long. They were led by Tanaijah Wright's eight points in the loss. While it was a tough loss for the Lady Gators, head coach Stephen Adams thinks his team will be able to take some valuable lessons away from it.
"I'm glad that we got smacked in the mouth. We got our butts handed to us. But like I told them from day one, we're going to go through ups and downs this season, but the main goal is to get ready by January," said Adams. "Our region is one of the toughest in the state and these tests right here do nothing but get them better."
Next up for Sumter is a matchup with South Florence on Tuesday. Lakewood will also play on Tuesday, as they travel to Gray Collegiate Academy. These two squads will then face off against each other again the following Monday with Lakewood playing host in the rematch.
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