Region girls basketball: Lakewood 72, Fort Myers Cypress Lake 18
ST. PETERSBURG – Lakewood led 24-4 after one quarter and 44-10 after halftime to cruise to a 72-18 win against Fort Myers Cypress Lake in a Class 6A girls basketball region semifinal Thursday.
The Spartans (18-3) got off to a bit of a slow start in the first but quickly put separation between themselves and the Panthers behind an aggressive half-court defense that forced several turnovers.
“This is a very young team with a lot of players that are in their first year as major contributors,” Spartans coach Necole Tunsil said. “So I expected a little bit of a slow start.”
Nykisha Macon led all scorers with 14 points, while Samantha Douglas and Zariyah Daniels added 10 points apiece.
Lakewood is attempting to return to the state final four for the first team since 2013. The Spartans won a Class 4A state championship in 2011.
“I wanted to put together a schedule that put tougher games closer to the district tournament,” Tunsil said. “We scheduled Winter Haven and Lakewood Ranch later and I put them in a tough holiday tournament. And it was all done so they could experience really competitive games and understand what they need to work on as elimination play began.”
Cypress Lake (9-17) provided little resistance Thursday night, falling behind 8-0 before hitting their only field goal of the quarter. Lakewood had a 16-0 run in the first and 12-0 run midway through the second.
The second half was played with a running clock.
“They are starting to pick up the intensity,” Tunsil said. “We always have tough practices but everything is continuing to get better at the right time.”