Lake Wales Swats Away Auburndale, 73-6
Tue. January 29, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By DICK SCANLON
LAKE WALES | Shayla Sewell had 17 points and 10 rebounds Monday night to lead Lake Wales to a 73-6 rout of Auburndale in the opening game of the Class 5A, District 10 girls district basketball tournament.
The Highlanders (15-11) will play in Friday night's championship game against the winner of tonight's game between Tenoroc and Hardee.
Against the Bloodhounds, the Highlanders recognized a size advantage and exploited it all night, going inside to Sewell, Alicia Tucker and 6-foot-2 Zada Williams.
"We've been working on that all season, and it's starting to pay off," Lake Wales coach Demetrius Sanders said. "I hate games like this, but they do give us a chance to practice some of the things we've been working on."
Auburndale (3-15) actually led the game at one point. Tiffanie Billings scored the first basket on a layup, but the Bloodhounds would not get another field goal until Briana Gaskins hit a 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
Most of the Highlanders' baskets came on layups off turnovers or from put-backs from the big front line. The Bloodhounds were forced to foul and Lake Wales converted 14 of 22 foul shots.
Sewell had eight points and six rebounds in the first quarter, and Tucker had six of her 10 points in the first quarter while the Bloodhounds turned the ball over 13 times.
Lake Wales led, 43-3, at halftime before they went to a running clock.
Sanders expects a tougher challenge Friday night and perhaps deeper into the tournament.