On December 8, the Leesville JV men’s basketball team beat Enloe, 71-62.
The game started off sloppily, with turnovers and missed free throws by both teams. Enloe played an up-tempo style that tested the Leesville athleticism on defense all night. By halftime, Leesville had compiled a seven point lead highlighted by a last second three. A 10-4 foul differential contributed to this, much to the chagrin of the Enloe fans.
In the second half, the fouls evened out, but Leesville pulled away early. Enloe clawed back within six, but a huge momentum swinging “and-one” ended the comeback. A Pride run mid-way through the fourth quarter gave Leesville a 60-49 advantage, putting the game out of Enloe’s reach. An emphatic blocked shot by Michael Hopkins late sealed a Leesville win against Enloe for the first time in six years.
“I thought the turning point of the game was when we went on a run at the beginning of the fourth,” said Michael Hopkins, sophomore.
“We executed on offense well. We were getting open shots all night,” said Hopkins.
Despite the win, Hopkins felt the team could still improve their defensive effort. “The defense was slack at best,” said Hopkins.
By building off this win, the Pride can look to improve and continue to succeed as the season moves on.