Lady Raiders fall on the road
By Chris Hoppes
Record-Herald Sports Editor
The Washington Lady Blue Lions won their third straight game Wednesday night, a no-doubter, 57-22 over visiting London in South Central Ohio League play.
The Lady Lions have now won three SCOL games in a row to move into fourth place with a 4-3 record (7-6 overall).
Washington has a chance to move up a notch in the league standings when they travel to Madison-Plains Saturday to take on the Golden Eagles.
Plains defeated McClain Wednesday (55-45 in overtime) to improve to 5-2 in the SCOL, standing alone in third place at this time.
Washington’s defensive pressure created numerous turnovers for London.
Senior Paige McRoberts led the Lady Lions with 13 points.
Senior Molli Shaw was next with nine points.
Freshman Hayley Whitt led London (0-7, 3-9) with 13 points.
The Lady Lions held a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
At the half, Washington was in front, 29-11. At the end of three quarters of play, it was Washington on top, 45-15.
“This was a game we had to win,” Washington head coach John Persinger said. “We’re now over 500 for the season. In the first half we were pressing and just denying the ball.
“They only played six or seven girls, so, I think we wore them down pretty quickly,” Persinger said. “In the second half, we just played man-to-man defense.
“I was happy with our intensity level,” Persinger said.
London was without one of their key players, junior point guard Aliyah Hiram, out with an injury, according to Persinger.
“We have another huge game coming up on Saturday at Madison-Plains,” Persinger said. “They beat us at our place (47-33 on Dec. 1). I believe we are playing a lot better now and understanding what we want to do, defensively. It’s going to be a big challenge, but I think we’re ready.”
London hosts East Clinton in SCOL play Saturday.