Midway’s girls basketball team swept a pair of Sampson County rivals to end the week, taking wins over Hobbton (58-13) and Lakewood (59-36).
‘Everybody kept finding energy’
The win was never in doubt in Thursday’s home game against Hobbton. But even with the victory in hand early on in the game, the Raiders never let up for a second.
“What I liked about [what] I saw, no matter what was going on, not everybody was shooting well tonight and not all of the buckets were falling in, but everybody kept finding energy,” said Midway coach Allen McLamb. “If we can find energy and play through when we’re not shooting well and keep playing hard defensively, we’re going to be fine.”
Sophomore Kris McKoy had 16 points and 8 steals to lead the Raiders, who trailed for a very brief period, 1-0 in the first quarter. But an old-fashioned 3-point play by Riley Williams got them off and running, taking an 11-1 lead into the second quarter and a 30-6 lead into halftime.
That energy continued into the third quarter, with Midway taking a 44-13 lead into the final period, and never dropped off, with the Raiders shutting out the Wildcats in the final 8 minutes.
‘Best it’s been all season’
The Raiders were in top form to earn the dominating 59-36 win on the road against Lakewood on Friday. It was the intensity in their energy and defense that turned a 2-point opening quarter lead into a blowout.
“I just have to say that this was probably the most complete game we’ve played so far,” McLamb said. “Defense played really well and we got great offensive success because of it. What most impressed me though was our level of energy. The intensity we showed throughout was the highest it’s been this season. It showed a lot in how we got after it on defense and really helped set the tone for us.”
It was during the second and third periods when they pulled far away. After a neck-and-neck opening quarter that had Midway leading 12-10, their defense went into lock down. They began cranking out turnovers and forcing bad shot attempts that completely stunted Lakewood.
This persisted after halftime into the third period, at which point the game was already way out of the Leopards reach, the score 31-14. The Raider defense allowed just 4 points in the second and 9 in the third, allowing their offense to get going and have success in transition. By the start of the fourth quarter, the score was 52-23.
Allison Belfowers led the offensive front with 12 points. Her partner in crime was Kaylah Jackson who had 9. Defensively, Caitlyn Holland was the biggest thorn in Lakewood’s side, racking up 5 steals, 2 blocks and 3 defensive rebounds.
“I’m just really proud of the way we played overall, and everyone was able to get some playing time, which I’m also happy about,” McLamb said. “When we play the way we did tonight, with this much intensity, we’re really hard to stop.”