By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON ? It wasn?t an ideal night for the New London basketball teams on Friday as the Tigers were swept by Central Lee in SEISC South Division action.
The girls team couldn?t contain an undefeated Hawks? squad, dropping their contest 65-21, and the boys? team lost their first game of the year, 85-73.
The Tiger girls were facing a red-hot Central Lee team that has rolled over teams all season, and the Hawks flexed their muscles early, taking a 35-8 lead into halftime and never looking back.
Kara Krieger came off the bench to lead the Tiger girls in scoring. She had five points on the night, and dished out a team-leading two assists as well. Alexa Wenger and Layney Loyd scored four points apiece.
Savannah Sutherland hit New London?s only three-pointer of the season to score three points on the day. Kristen Rohdy had three points of her own, and Marah Hartrick scored two. Sydni Coleman didn?t find the scoreboard in the loss, but did lead the squad with five rebounds.
After taking an 18-15 advantage into the second quarter, the New London boys had their roughest eight-minute stretch of the year. Central Lee outscored the Tigers 24-8 in the second period and New London had their backs against the wall with a 39-26 halftime deficit. New London cut the lead to single digits in the third but couldn?t come back.
Keontae Luckett had an efficient shooting day, scoring 25 points and dishing out six assists in the loss. He also co-led the team with four rebounds. Isaac McSorley had 16 points and six steals. Alex Dentlinger scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds, and Grand Swanson hit two of the team?s four three-pointers to end the night with 11 points of his own. Koby McBeth and Jalen Birdsell each scored four points in the loss. Tyler Henecke added two.