//comScore:

Girls basketball: Lakewood's early loss disappoints Tunsil

Search

Twitter



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Madison Epperson, softball, Tampa Catholic
Jen Kistemaker, track, Osceola
Emily Merino, softball, Tarpon Springs
Madisyn Palmer, softball, River Ridge
Jasha Patrick, track, Hernando
Julia Schifino, softball, Academy of the Holy Names
Jordan Butler, baseball, Alonso
Anthony Crandon, track, Northeast
Felix Dieguez, baseball, Leto
Franklin German, baseball, Bishop McLaughlin
Tyler Hawks, baseball, River Ridge
George Koulianos, baseball, Indian Rocks Christian
 

Facebook

 
 

Thu. December 29, 2011 | Thomas P. Corwin

FORT MYERS — Lakewood began the Queen of the Palms Classic Tournament with plenty of disappointment for coach Necole Tunsil.

Tunsil watched the Spartans fall behind by 10 points in the first five minutes then lose 54-27 to Reynoldsburg (Ohio) in the Ruby Division of the 64-team tournament.

Lakewood trailed 15-5 after one quarter and 29-10 at halftime.

“I’m extremely disappointed, that’s about all I can say,” Tunsil said. “We just came off of a Christmas break, and from the looks of it, we’re still on break. It’s tough to take, considering the time we put into getting ready for the game.”

Lakewood gets a rematch of its opponent from last season’s state final today. The Spartans will meet Pensacola in a fifth-place game at 1:30 p.m.

Reynoldsburg, meanwhile, moves on to the Ruby Division semifinals and a date with Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer at 7 tonight. Dwyer topped Pensacola 58-57 in an earlier game Wednesday.

Seniors Shineice Beamon and Maya Madry each scored six for the Spartans. Kasey Drayton had five.

The play of Reynoldsburg presented no unique challenge for Lakewood, according to Tunsil.

“It was more our play than Reynoldsburg’s play that hurt us tonight,” Tunsil said. “What I saw in our players’ eyes was sort of like a deer in headlights. Reynoldsburg just put some pressure on us early, and we didn’t handle it well.

“The Lakewood team everyone saw tonight was not the team that has played so well around Pinellas County. Hopefully, we’ll take this and learn from it. I think that we’ll have a hard time rebounding from this one.”

Reynoldsburg was led by Aliyah Zantt’s 11 points. Shiloh Murphy had 10 and Adesuwa Aideyman and Alyssa Rice each had seven.

Teams in post

Comments

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours
Loading...