Lake Wales Falls, Winter Haven Wins Opener
Thu. December 27, 2012 at 11:04 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By Thomas P. Corwin
Special to the Ledger
FORT MYERS | The Lake Wales girls basketball team learned Thursday morning that comebacks don't always have happy endings.
The Highlanders rallied from a 10-point deficit and got to within two points of Grandview Prep before the Pride regrouped and registered a 57-45 victory in the opening of the three-day Queen of the Palms Classic Tournament.
Zada Williams led the Highlanders, competing in the Sapphire Division of a 64-team event, with 18 points. Alisha Tucker had 11.
Lake Wales coach Demetrius Sanders felt the Highlanders did a good job of getting competitive in the game before suffering a letdown.
"We got closer in the fourth quarter," Sanders said. "But we did not really have the killer instinct. We didn't really have the intensity we needed when we needed it."
Grandview Prep was led by Neydja Petithomme's 26 points.
"Grandview Prep really didn't do anything difficult out there," Sanders said. "It was just our own lack of discipline and heart, and a lack of execution. We got some good points off the bench and some good play inside. But we could still play better inside."
LAKE WALES (45): Wertz 8, Tomlin 6, Williams 18, Tucker 11, Sewell 2.
GRANDVIEW PREP (57): Conrad 5, Julia Duncan 2, Pierre-Louis 18, Petithomme 26, Julian Duncan 8.
Grandview Prep 12 12 28 5 — 57
Lake Wales 9 13 15 8 — 45
Winter Haven 70, Stoneman Douglas 56
Seniors Cynkeria Mobley and Zeneka Willix led the Blue Devils in an opening game victory in the Diamond Division over the Eagles.
Moble scored 23 and Willix also posted 21, but Winter Haven coach Johnnie Lawson was still concerned with his team's performance.
"We were a little sloppy on the court. We made a lot of bad turnovers," he said. "We made some mistakes right from the start. We've got some things to correct on offense, and I'll correct them."
Deja Enos led Douglas with 16 points. Ashley Arinus and Sarah Cooper also had 13 apiece.
In other games involving Polk teams, Bartow beat South Broward 57-35 in the Emerald Division.
In today's action, Bartow plays in the Emerald semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Winter Haven meets Lake Highland Prep in the Diamond semis at 3 p.m. Lake Wales plays Martin County at 3 p.m. in the 5th-place bracket of the Sapphire Division.
STONEMAN DOUGLAS (56): Mogent 4, Enos 16, Feig 10, Arinus 13, Cooper 13.
WINTER HAVEN (70): Anderson 5, Solomon 2, Howell 12, O'Neal 7, Mobley 23, Willix 21.
STONEMAN DOUGLAS 13 5 15 23 — 56
WINTER HAVEN 18 12 20 20 — 70