Leesville boasted a 5-1 conference record entering Wednesday night’s game vs. Millbrook, but that 5-1 quickly fell to 5-2 in a 91-67 rout of the Pride.
Leesville head coach Russ Frazier shared his thoughts after the game.
“Millbrook is gonna do what they are gonna do,” he said. “There’s a reason they are one of the best in the state and we have to figure out how to play with the same intensity we did in the first half for the full game.”
The game started off relatively even, with the Pride (9-8, 5-2 Cap-8) jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead and leading until three minutes left in the first quarter. However, the game grew increasingly lopsided when the Wildcats (16-1, 7-0) took a 39-26 lead at the half.
During a night filled with three pointers galore, multiple dunks, and lots of transition points, Millbrook was led by Chris Clemons, who had already tallied 21 at the half. Needless to say, folks stopped counting once that number rose to 30.
At one point in the first half, Chris Clemons had knocked down four consecutive three-pointers on four consecutive possessions. This was a big factor leading to the double-digit halftime lead that Millbrook had at halftime.
However, the story of the second half was all Millbrook, and the Pride never could narrow down the 13 point deficit. Millbrook tallied a total of 52 second half points, while the Pride could only muster 38.
There were a few bright spots for the Pride, however.
Ben Zemonek battled to lead all Pride scorers with 18, while Alex Hunter (15) and Jonathan Mebane (13) were credited with 13 or more points each. And while those numbers aren’t terrible, Coach Frazier believes his team can perform much better.
“We can do so much better than what we did in this game. We get better with experience, and we need this game against Heritage on Friday. We need to keep moving forward and that’s the key at this point of the season.”
Leesville Road’s next game comes Friday at Heritage, and it is a must win for the Pride, who not only need to regain their confidence but maintain their 3rd place conference standing as well.