Vikings' Boys, Girls Capture Tournaments
Sat. December 22, 2012 at 11:56 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By DICK SCANLON | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
LAKELAND | Jordan White came off the bench for 21 points, and tournament Most Valuable Player Will Portlock added 11 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night to help Lakeland Christian's boys remain undefeated and win the LCS Holiday Hoops Tournament.
The Vikings (12-0) went to a half-court press late in the game and shut down Cambridge Christian School of Tampa for almost four minutes, pulling out a 54-47 victory.
Lakeland Christian's girls also won the tournament on their home floor, beating George Jenkins 52-47 behind the 18 points and seven rebounds of tournament MVP Tess Horne.
White and sophomore Leroy Deshazor combined for 30 points off the bench for the Vikings' boys, who led for most of the game against Cambridge Christian (9-1).
"We're deep," explained LCS coach Todd Radford. "We've got a great bench, and the speed of the guys coming off the bench was certainly a bonus tonight."
A five-point play, aided by a technical foul, helped the Vikings take a nine-point lead in the first quarter, and they held on until a short jumper by 6-foot-7 Nacarious Burgess pulled the Lancers even at 43-43 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
It was then that LCS went to a 1-3-1 half-court trap and shut out the Lancers for most of the rest of the game. The Vikings scored eight consecutive points — six from the foul line and the other two on a basket by White after Portlock's offensive rebound.
It was Cambridge that opened the game with full-court pressure, but the Lancers committed eight turnovers in the first quarter. When Lakland Christian's Logan Browning came up with a steal and fed White for a lay-up late in the fist half, the Vikings led, 29-19.
Two consecutive baskets by White lifted LCS to an 11-point lead, the largest of the game, in the third quarter before Curtis Walls sparked a Lancers charge.
Phil Wilsman (six points, nine rebounds) joined White and Deshazor on the All-Tournament team for Lakeland Christian, which takes its unblemished record into the holiday break.
"I don't think any coach expects that," Radford said, "but we've got a talented group that works hard, and that usually adds up to success."
In the girls' game, Horne scored three baskets in the third quarter and three more in the fourth to help the Vikings (11-4) establish a seven-point lead before the Eagles (4-8) staged a late comeback.
Emily Murphy, who also made the All-Tournament team, scored eight points for the Lady Vikings and hit a big jumper to clinch the victory late in the game. Freshman Kristen Schadel added 10 points for LCS.
Jalenia Plummer and Sy-Anah Lattimore scored 12 points each for George Jenkins, and Lattimore added 17 rebounds. Ashley Dudney, who scored six of her 11 points while the Eagles were staging a fourth-quarter rally, joined fellow-senior Plummer on the All-Tournament team.
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN (47): Brandon Park 7, Philip Johnson 0, Luke Steinie 4, Curtis Walls 12, Garett Young 10, Quinton Bealor 0, Trevor Smith 3, Grant Muenter 0, Nacarious Burgess 9, Jack Banalas 0.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (54): Phil Wilsman 6, Will Portlock 11, Michael Oh 3, Brooks Wilson 1, Christian Alexander 0, Leroy Deshazor 10, Jordan White 21, Logan Browning 2.
Cambridge Christian 8 11 13 15 — 47
Lakeland Christian 15 14 12 13 — 54
Fouled out: Burgess, Young, Park. Records: Cambridge Christian 9-1, Lakeland Christian 12-0.
GEORGE JENKINS (47): Ashley Dudney 11, Sy-Anah Lattimore 12, Alexis Buis 2, Angel LeMaster 0, Trinity Baxter 3, Ayshia Baker 0, Devanie Kobor 3, Sydni Dorman 0, Morgan Oglesby 4.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (52): Emily Murphy 8, Jessie Andrew 6, Allie Chmura 2, Allison Brown 6, Tess Horne 18, Kristen Schaedel 10, Emily Carl 0, Erica DeAlejandro 2.
George Jenkins 11 7 11 18 — 47
Lakeland Christian 7 13 14 18 — 52
Records: George Jenkins 4-8, Lakeland Christian 11-4.