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Streaks hold off Dragons


Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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If the non-district basketball schedule is for working out the bugs, both Lake Placid and Sebring came away with some positives from Tuesday's game played in the Blue Streaks' gym.

But it was Sebring which came away with its second win over the Green Dragons in a week, jumping out to a 16-point halftime lead and holding on for a 39-33 win.

"What I told (the players) was teams that are good, and I don't know if we're good yet, win when they don't play well and they win when they get in foul trouble, you find a way," said Sebring coach Mike Lee.

The two teams had met in last week's Tip-Off Classic and the Blue Streaks came away with a 39-28 win. Tuesday's game followed the same script, as Sebring jumped out to a large lead and held off a late Green Dragons' rally.

The Blue Streaks led 9-5 after the first quarter and had a 17-12 second-quarter advantage before closing out the half on a 9-0 run for a 26-12 halftime lead.

The Green Dragons didn't make it any easier on themselves in the first half, hitting just 1 of 10 free throws in the first quarter and 4 of 20 for the half.

"I told them there is going to be a game where it comes down to the foul line," said Lake Placid coach Jackie Coyne. "Nine for 33, I'm pushing for 50 percent and that's a pretty low percentage. If we hit that we win this game."

Lake Placid was able to pull within 11 early in the third quarter, but the Blue Streaks were able to push the lead back up and took a 34-20 advantage into the final quarter.

Five free throws by Alex Coyne and a basket by Bria Wilson trimmed the Blue Streaks' lead to 34-27, but Sebring's Jamiese Wiley hit a basket to stop the slide.

Back-to-back baskets by Lake Placid's Raveen Gobourne made it 36-31 with 2:27 remaining in the game, but Rondaja Williams answered with a basket for the Blue Streaks, who were able to hang on for the win.

Lee said he was pleased to see how his team responded to the Green Dragons' run.

"I liked the fact that we didn't quit," he said. "We we were up by 16 and then they cut it to nine, then to seven and then to five. Last year we might have just folded instead of stepping up. We got a little bit of adversity there and instead of folding we got a big rebound and got a big basket."

Coach Coyne also was pleased with her team's effort and the fact that they kept battling, even when facing a large deficit.

"They fought hard and never gave up," she said. "We're going to take our lumps. I told them losses mean nothing right now. It's going to come down to the end of the season and peaking at the right time."

Lee said his team didn't have one of its better games, but the Green Dragons played a part in that.

"We didn't play well and that's to Lake Placid's credit, too," he said. "They're very well coached. Alex is an amazing basketball player and the other girls are working.

"They're going to be tough when it's all said and done. The reason we didn't do what we wanted to do was because of the way they played."

Coyne led the Green Dragons with 17 points, while Gobourne added seven.

Wiley led a well-balanced Sebring attack with 13 points and Williams netted 11.

Lee said his Williams and Alexxis Harris, did an excellent job of playing big minutes when the team was in foul trouble — at one point having 22 fouls to Lake Placid's six—and found a way to keep the team focused.

"We kept fighting, which is what you have to do," he said.

The Green Dragons host Fort Meade tonight, while the Blue Streaks made the short trip up north to face Avon Park.


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