Laney girls dominate Josey in prep basketball




Using her height and length, teammates continued to feed Khadijah Cave in the paint, and she delivered.

Cave scored 26 points Saturday to lead the Laney girls to a 64-21 win over Josey.

Laney (3-0) benefited from a strong game in the paint, running Cave and Simone Smith off Josey misses and feeding them under the basket for the rout.

“We stay within our game,” coach Otis Smart said. “This year we especially have a strong game in the paint. We feed down low a lot and go to them.”

Along with Cave, Smith added 11 points as two of three Lady Wildcats in double figures.

“A lot of people focus on Cave, but Smith is playing really good, too,” Smart said. “We’re strong in the low post. We don’t have to shoot jumpers very often.”

Laney also used strong defense in the post to prevent Josey (1-1) from stringing together a run. Smart said the Lady Wildcats used a trap defense well in keeping the Lady Eagles from attempting a comeback.

The Lady Wildcats jumped to a 29-9 lead after the first quarter, sparked by a 14-2 run to start the game. They led 25-3 with 3 minutes remaining in the first.

“It was important to get a big lead early,” Cave said. “From there, we had fun the rest of the way.”

Following a large first-quarter lead, Laney settled in offensively, scoring 14 in the second and 13 in the third. The Lady Wildcats continued to achieve positive results on defense, however, as the Lady Eagles managed just two points in the second quarter and four in the third.

“We stayed focused the entire way,” Cave said. “We were strong in the paint, and we kept up on defense until we got the win.”

Wynetta Wright added 10 points for Laney.

Debbie Simmons led Josey with eight points, and Brianna Wilson added six. The Lady Eagles were 3 for 6 from the free throw line.